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.

Tips for storing outdoor cushions and hammocks

Having a garden or patio where you can spend time is one of life’s greatest pleasures. When the weather is nice, you can simply sit in front of your house or behind it with a cold drink in your hand and soak up the sun. But what happens when the season is over? Fall and winter will bring rain and snow, wind, and other bad weather. Neither you nor your furniture will welcome that. You can escape to the comfort of your home. But what will you do with your tables, chairs, sofas, and hammocks? Winter storage with PortaBox Storage is the solution to this problem. But there’s definitely a right way and a wrong way for storing outdoor cushions and hammocks. And if you want to use them again after, you’ll want to learn the right one.

Before storing outdoor cushions and hammocks, clean them thoroughly

Before you put anything in Redmond self storage (especially if you’re planning on leaving it there long-term), you want to make sure that it’s in the best possible condition. Well-maintained, clean, pest-free storage units shouldn’t do your belongings any harm. But a time comes for everything and dust is unavoidable even with regular cleaning. So to make sure that your outdoor cushions and hammocks live to see another summer, you need to clean them and mend any tears. That way, there will be no dirt or debris to stain or damage the fabric. Even though you’ll probably have to do some cleaning after you take your items out of storage, they should go into it clean.

Patio furniture.
Even if you maintain your patio furniture regularly, clean it before storage.

How to clean outdoor cushions

Most cushions on outdoor furniture are detachable. So the first step will be to take them off whatever frame they’re on if possible. Then follow these steps:

  1. Start by sweeping off leaves, branches, dirt, and other debris.
  2. Find the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions on the tag and let those guide you on how to clean.
  3. Take the removable cushions covers off and wash them in the washing machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. For cushion covers that can’t be removed, use a soft cleaning brush and a mild detergent to scrub the outside fabric.
  5. Remove stains, mold, and mildew using white vinegar or a mixture of water and bleach. Remember to test the solution on a small patch of fabric first to make sure you don’t ruin it.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with water.
  7. Air-dry in the sun for as long as necessary – the cushions must be completely dry before you continue packing them.

It might be a good idea to waterproof your cushions before putting them in Newcastle self storage. Even if your cushions are already water-resistant, they will require treatment to keep them that way. And what better time than before storage? Even the best-maintained storage units run the risk of humidity and mold. If this happens to your unit, you’ll be glad your cushions are waterproof.

How to clean hammocks

Hammocks are significantly easier to clean than cushions. However, the exact process will depend on the type of hammock you own. You’ll want to shake it out first to get rid of the worst of the debris. Then machine wash with mild detergent it if it’s made of fabric. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and you’ll be fine! If your hammock is made of something that is not machine-safe, use a soft brush and soapy water to scrub it clean. Do not machine wash hammock cushions as this will cause them to lose shape. Spot clean as necessary instead. Finally, air dry in the sun by laying on a flat surface or hanging.

Person in a hammock.
Hammocks require cleaning too.

What to use for storing outdoor cushions and hammocks?

Before you put your cushions and hammocks in storage, you’ll need to protect them. You cannot just put them in storage without packing them first. You have several options when it comes to packing materials for outdoor cushions and hammocks:

  • store them in air-tight containers: Air-tight containers come with some serious advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, they will protect the cushions and hammocks from moths, other insects, pests, and even dust. On the other, you want any fabric you’re storing to breathe. So use air-tight containers only for short-term storage. Make sure to put a few moisture-absorbing packets in as well.
  • use fabric storage bags: Fabric storage bags are designed specifically with keeping fabrics safe in mind. They’re ideal for storing outdoor cushions and hammocks if you can find them in the right size. They’re especially recommended for humid climates where air-tight containers are not a good idea even short-term.
  • wrap in tarps or blankets: For a more budget-friendly solution, you can always use tarps and blankets wrapped around the cushions or a rolled-up hammock. They will provide a layer of protection from dust, debris, and insects. Again, be careful with using plastic wrapping especially in humid climates or long-term.
Cushions on a sofa.
You cannot treat storage like you would when decorating at home.

Choosing the right type of storage unit for storing outdoor cushions and hammocks

How well you prepare your belongings for storage will not matter if you’re not using your storage right. You need to have a good storage unit in order for your belongings to be safe. The main things you’ll have to decide are the following:

  1. the size of the unit,
  2. whether you want a temperature-controlled unit or not, and
  3. if you’re going to use storage long-term or short-term.

The size of the unit will depend on the amount of stuff you’re storing. If you’re not sure how much you need, it’s better to go a size bigger. When it comes to climate control, a temperature-controlled unit will allow you to control the temperature and moisture in your storage space. This is much better for your belongings because extreme temperatures can have negative effects. Finally, long-term rental assumes your storage provider will maintain your unit. Short-term rental means you’ll have to do that yourself. Whoever it is that cleans your unit, you want to make sure it’s done regularly. Dust can attract pests which is not good for anything you have in storage.

Utilize your storage space properly

When storing outdoor cushions and hammocks, how you store them matters. You want to keep them off the ground to protect them from dust, pests, moisture, and other perils. Think about installing shelves or put your cushions and hammocks on top of something. Maintain a cool and dry environment either with AC or using a dehumidifier. Finally, keep your cushions and hammocks out of sunlight. Sunlight can cause fading and even damage to fabrics. If you stick to all this, your cushions and hammocks should be fine in storage!

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