Tips For Storing Pet Items

Whether you are packing away pet items due to a move, or simply storing the items in case you need them again in the future, making sure they are properly prepared for a stay in the storage unit is important. Not only will preparation ensure the items come out of storage in good condition, it will also make sure that the pet items don't attract any unwanted pests to your unit. The following tips can help you get everything stored properly.

Tip #1: Launder soft items

Fabric items like pet beds, animal clothing, or soft toys should be washed and then dried. This will remove pet saliva, dander, and food particles that could attract pests to the storage unit. Laundering also prevents pet odors from intensifying during storage. Make sure all items are dry completely before storing them, though, as you don't want them to mold or mildew due to moisture. If you aren't sure if something is safe in the dryer, air dry it in a sunny location. Place the items in a plastic tub to protect them from moisture while they are in storage.

Tip #2: Disinfect cages and carriers

Waste residue and food debris in a cage or carrier can also attract pests. If the cage is metal, the dirt residue can also react with the material and lead to rust or corrosion. Wipe down the entire cage or carrier with a household cleaner that contains bleach. This will not just remove residue, it will also disinfect the item – which is a must if it will be used with another pet in the future. Once clean, dry the cage or carrier down completely so it doesn't mildew or rust.

Tip #3: Skip the food

It may be tempting to store food or treats if you have a lot on hand. Unfortunately, food can turn rancid or spoil quickly. Worse, it can also attract pests. Unless you are storing it for a very short time – less than a couple of weeks – a better option is to donate any leftover food to an animal rescue. If you do want to try to store the food for a short period, such as during a move, then make sure it is sealed in a metal, glass, or heavy-duty plastic container so pests can't gain access to it.

Tip #4: Prep the rubber toys

Rubber and plastic toys also need to be thoroughly cleaned before storage. Many rubber pet toys are dishwasher safe, so running them through a cycle is a quick way to both clean and disinfect. Otherwise, simply wash them in hot, soapy water and then air dry. Store toys in a separate box from fabric items, since the dyes on rubber can sometimes cause discoloration on other materials.

For more information, talk to a storage company like Northgate Mini Storage.