Here are some additional tips for assuring musical instruments, music and equipment are stored in optimal conditions:
- Properly prepare instruments for storage, cleaning and conditioning them with paste wax for wood, resin, etc. Never use an oil-based polish or alcohol on wood instruments. Disassemble parts, remove reeds, mouthpieces, mutes and straps, and relax strings
- Whenever possible, store instruments in cases designed for them. Cases should be in good condition – clean, with no fraying or powdering. If a case is not in great condition, line it with buffered acid-free paper (available for purchase at music stores). Inside the case, drape a clean cloth over strings. For additional protection against humidity, after placing the instrument in the case, place the case in a polyethylene bag.
- Cover a piano with a sheet or tarp to protect it from dust
- After storing musical instruments for a lengthy period, be sure to clean and tune them before playing
- In the storage unit, keep instruments away from vents and doors. Make sure they are stored off the floor, on a pallets or shelves
- If you're storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas, consider investing in covers, bags or sheeting for additional protection. Storage and moving facilities often sell large heavy-duty bags for this purpose.