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When You Inherit an Estate

How To Store Musical Instruments In A Self-Storage Unit

by Stacy Robertson

When you are planning on storing items in a self-storage unit, you need to consider the types of items and what could potentially harm them. With musical instruments, you need to keep them dry, at the right temperature, and off the ground. Here are some tips for storing musical instruments in your storage unit.

Choose the Right Storage Unit

The type of storage unit and its location matter when you intend to store your musical instruments inside. Since water can be very damaging to the instruments, avoid getting a ground-level storage unit. Even if you keep the instruments in their case and elevated, there is still an increased risk of water damage if there is a major rain and flood in the area. Also choose a storage unit that has climate control, so you can control the temperature and keep the humidity low. High humidity is also damaging to musical instruments.

Use Their Original Case

If you have the original case for your musical instruments, that is the best way to store it. It fits your instrument perfectly and is built to protect it from the elements. If you don't have the original case, visit your local music store to see if they have a case your instrument will fit. This is much better than storing it in a plastic storage bin, though that is another option for smaller instruments.

Prepare the Instruments Beforehand

Before you store the musical instruments in their case or the storage bin, make sure they are properly cleaned first. Remove the mouthpiece or reed and store in a safe place. Disassemble the instrument if that is an option, such as with a clarinet or flute. Condition the instrument with paste wax if the instrument is made of wood or resin. Avoid using a polish that has oil or alcohol if you have a wood instrument. Also remove straps and mutes, and relax the strings if you have a string instrument.

Cover Large Instruments

For larger instruments that don't have a case, such as a piano, make sure you cover them properly while in the storage unit. With a piano, covering it with a tarp or sheet will help keep dust off the piano while it is stored. Make sure all instruments are kept off the ground floor of the storage unit. Even with a large item like a piano, you can elevate it from the ground by placing it on wood pallets in the storage unit. If you have concerns that an expensive instrument may become damaged during the storage period, then contact a moving and storage services expert.