Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage the parent company of Portabox has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. and Portabox have been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

As essential services, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. and Portabox

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. and Portabox will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps We're Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • We are limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. and Portabox is proud to continue offering our services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. We are here to make the process of storing belongings seamless & safe for you.

Guide for storing couches and armchairs

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Storing your furniture in a safe storage unit is a great option on a few different occasions. Whether you are moving, cleaning, or remodeling, a reliable Redmond self storage unit could become a necessity in your life. And while there are many different types of furniture people decide to store away, couches and armchairs are definitely among the more frequent ones. Whether that’s due to their size or the fact that the living room is a frequently remodeled area in every home isn’t of importance. The important thing is for you to know the right procedure for storing couches and armchairs that will provide the utmost safety for your items.

Start by finding an appropriate storage unit

The decision on whether you need long term or short term storage Seattle, or whether you need a portable storage unit or a regular one – it’s all up to you. And it depends on a lot of variables that are completely individual. What we can tell you is that you need to be very careful if you are living in an area with extreme weather fluctuations. If you are storing new couches and armchairs and you are stationed in an area with extremely hot or cold weather, it would be the best idea to invest in temperature-controlled storage.

A couch in a living room.
Taking good care of your precious item begins with finding a suitable place for storage

These units will protect your items from any harm by keeping the temperature inside the unit nice and cool. We won’t go into detail about all the different benefits that you can get from this type of storage. It’s enough to say that you will manage to keep moisture, mold, and insects away from your precious items.

The process of storing couches and armchairs begins with a thorough cleanse

The couch and the armchair usually (although not necessarily) come as a package deal. Most of these items are made of fabric that needs to be thoroughly cleansed from time to time. And can you think of a better time for cleaning your items than before putting them inside a temporary storage Seattle facility? Bear in mind that your couches and armchairs can be made out of many different materials. To give your items the best treatment, we suggest you go out and find an antimicrobial cleaner that will be labeled for the same material your couch and armchairs are made from. Don’t move on to step two until your couch and armchairs are 100% dry and clean.

How to treat wooden or metal parts of your couches and armchairs

Your items might not be entirely made of fabric. So if you have a couch or an armchair that has wooden and/or metal parts, you need to take these parts into account. Start by polishing wooden parts with a clean rag. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to which polisher you can use. Once every part of your couch and armchair is clean and dry, you can go ahead and detach those wooden or metal parts that are detachable.

Two armchairs next to a table.
There are many different types and designs of armchairs and couches out there, all of them beautiful in their own way.

Just make sure that you put every piece into protective packaging as soon as it is detached. Wrapping your items in a layer of air bubble foil is a great idea because it will keep your items protected during any jostling. This is especially important to remember if you plan on moving or shipping your items to a new location. There will be plenty of room for error, and you want to prevent any type of damage.

Remove the cushions from your couch and/or armchair

What makes our couches and armchairs so comfortable are all those super soft cushions. If you want to enjoy yourself when you take your items out of storage, you need to give cushions special attention when storing couches and armchairs. Start by carefully removing each cushion that your couch and armchair have. Then, wrap every one of them in some type of protective packagings, such as plastic foil. If you are familiar with some general rules on how to pack your moving boxes, then you probably know that cushions, such as linen and pillows, do best in large moving boxes.

It’s also important to ensure that all of your packing materials and moving boxes are brand new and high-quality. And while you might have to invest additional money into buying sturdy boxes, it will be an investment that you will thank yourself for in the long run.

Store your couches and armchairs away from the floor and walls

Your couch and armchair should not be touching the floor or walls at any point. In fact, they shouldn’t be near any items that could potentially damage them. That might sound easier said than done. However, to store your couch and armchair away from the floor and walls, all you have to do is use pallets.

A woman sitting on a couch, reading about the process of storing couches and armchairs.
Preserve your favorite couch by adding the right finishing touches.

Set some pallets on the floor of your storage unit and cover them with a layer of plastic. Once the groundwork is done, place your couch and/or armchair on top of the pallets. Once again, ensure that your items aren’t touching anything that could have a detrimental effect on them. When you finish loading your belongings on the pallets and you ensure that everything is sturdy enough, feel free to place a sheet or some other cover over your items. This will protect your couch and armchair from dust, preserving them in great shape for when you decide to take them out of storage.

It’s safe to say that there are many things easier than storing couches and armchairs. You will have to go through a few steps if you want to protect your items in storage. However, every moment you spend on this task will be worth your time. And it will pay off as soon as you take your items out of storage.

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