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How To Properly Pack a TV

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Packing a TV for long- or short-term storage isn’t just about keeping it physically safe; it’s about preserving its functionality and life span. Whether you’re moving or simply looking to declutter, knowing how to pack your TV properly can save you from costly damages.

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Steps To Take Before Packing Your TV

Before you take out the bubble wrap, there are a few things you have to do to prep your TV:

  • Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the screen gently. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can damage the screen.
  • Gather all remotes, cables, and accessories associated with the TV. Wrap cables neatly and label them for easy reassembly.
  • Keep your TV upright before, during, and after packing. Laying it flat can cause undue pressure on the screen and internal components.

Packing Your TV To Keep It Safe in Storage

The safest way to pack your TV is in its original box with the original styrofoam padding. It was made for your TV and will be your best option to protect it from damage while in storage.

If you have the original box:

  1. Wrap the screen with a thin layer of foam wrap or a blanket.
  2. Place the styrofoam padding around the TV so it fits snuggly.
  3. Securely tape the box shut and label it as ‘Fragile.’

Without the original box:

  1. Wrap the TV generously in bubble wrap, especially around the screen.
  2. Use packing tape to tape the bubble wrap in place.
  3. Cut pieces of cardboard to fit the front and back of the TV for extra protection.
  4. Find a box that closely fits the TV and fill extra space with packing peanuts or blankets for cushioning.

Tips for Storing TVs for Long Periods of Time

When storing a TV, particularly in areas like DC, Maryland, and Virginia, where the climate can vary:

  • Choose a climate-controlled storage unit: This protects the TV from extreme temperatures and humidity, which can damage electronic components.
  • Secure the TV in the unit: Place the TV in the back of the storage unit, snug against walls or other sturdy objects to prevent it from falling or being damaged.
  • Keep the TV upright: Always store the TV in an upright position.
  • Avoid storing items on top of the TV: Placing things on top of your TV can cause pressure damage.
  • Store in a dry, dust-free environment: Keep the storage area free from dust and moisture.
  • Consider using a cover: Use a breathable fabric cover to protect the TV from dust while allowing air circulation.
  • Check your TV periodically: If possible, check your TV to make sure it still turns on.

Ideal Temperature for Storing TVs

You should store your TV in a climate-controlled environment with an ideal temperature range of 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This prevents internal components from being damaged by extreme temperatures.

It’s also a good idea, especially in the DMV area, to look for a storage unit that provides stable humidity levels.

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Long-Term Storage Options in Washington, DC

For residents in the DMV area, Georgetown Moving and Storage Company offers full-service storage solutions for your TV and other valuable electronics. Our facilities provide the best environment for your belongings, with climate-controlled options that offer peace of mind. Trust us to keep your TV safe and secure until you need it again.

Remember, when storing valuable electronics like a TV, taking the extra steps to pack and store them correctly can significantly affect their longevity and performance. With Georgetown Moving and Storage, you’re choosing a partner who understands the importance of protecting your valuable items.

Call (703) 889-8899 for a free estimate on moving, packing, or storage solutions today.

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