• Rinsing out detergent
Before storing the appliances, you should make sure that you rinse the parts carefully. Remove all signs of detergent from the washing machine and clean any debris left behind by dirty laundry. To rinse the machine, you simply fill it with water and run an empty load. If your washer has accumulated a large build-up of detergents, adding vinegar to the water can help to thoroughly clean out the machine. To clean the dryer, remove lint traps and all removable parts and wash them in a soap and water solution.
• Dry the machine parts
When you are sure that the washer and dryer are free from lint and detergents, carefully dry the machine parts. You need to leave the machines unused for a couple of days to allow them to
completely dry out. Remove the hoses to ensure that they dry completely before storing. Make sure that you dry all the washer and dryer accessories in order to prevent accumulation of rust and mold during storage. Choosing a good storage unit will help to protect your appliances.
In some cases, you may find it necessary to take the appliances apart in order to achieve this. In such cases, you should consider using the user manual that comes with the device to take it apart with ease. This way, you will reduce the chances of voiding the warranty.
• Transporting the appliances
Prepare the appliances for transport by using appropriate packing materials. You need to transport the washer and dryer carefully to prevent damage and scratches. Proper care will help to prevent broken handles or doors. Use strong tape to keep the latches and doors shut during transit. To keep the appliances free of scratches, wrap the appliances using bubble wrap and place thick, soft blankets around them. Place the hoses and electrical cords inside the appliances for safety and storage efficiency. If there are parts of the appliance that are not solidly attached to the appliance, it might be wise for you to consider detaching them from the rest of the device and then transporting them separately. This reduces the chances of breakage.
• Unloading the appliances
It is a good idea to load the appliances last into the truck so that they can be the first items that you unload. This will ensure that you place the washer and dryer first in the storage unit. Unload the appliances carefully upon arrival and make sure that you place them level on the unit floor. You can leave the machine doors slightly open to avoid accumulation of moisture or condensation. Having a climate controlled unit will help to provide protection when temperatures fluctuate.
• Covering the machines
Do not use a plastic cover or tarp to cover the appliances as this can lead to condensation that can cause rust or mildew. Use a blanket or cotton sheet to cover the appliances to keep them free from scratches or dust that can mar their appearance. Also, consider placing the appliances on a pallet to keep them off the ground as extra protection against unexpected water intrusion.
• Arranging the appliances
When in the storage unit, consider arranging the appliances in such a manner that minimal risk will befall them. Some of the considerations you need to make include figuring out if you will want to use the rest of the space to store other things, as well as the movement patterns in the facility. If you are going to be walking in and out of the storage unit a lot and are sure that you will not need to remove the machines any time soon, make sure that they are arranged in such a manner that they won’t be damaged in the process of doing this.
Storing them at the back of the unit might be a wise idea. You should avoid stacking anything on top of the washer and dryer since most models are fragile and will break. Storing items overhead should be done with care, so that in case any of them falls on the machine they will not do much damage. For more general advice on how to store electronics, it would be wise to consult your storage facility managers. If you work with a high quality one, they are likely to be a good resource for this type of information.