How to Store Musical Instruments in Your Storage Unit

Trusting any place to keep your precious musical instruments is never easy. So many questions pop into our minds related to its safety, hygiene, durability, etc. Due to their susceptibility to damage from temperature changes and moisture in the air, people often avoid keeping their musical instruments in self-storage units. However, if it is maintained correctly and safely, your musical instrument will still be in the same condition when you take them with you, even after years.

In order to do so, be alert when you are choosing your space for renting. You need to select the type of storage unit carefully. Things like the size and shape of the storage unit are important. The storage unit you are renting should be one where the climate is controlled so that the musical instrument is protected from being damaged from too hot, too cold, or too damp temperatures. The climate-controlled self-storage units might cost a little more than regular ones of comparable size, but if you really want to keep it safe and new, it is important to keep a check on the environment that your musical instruments are kept in.

Depending on the type of musical instrument, there are certain things that should be done in order to prepare it for the time in storage. Some of them are as followed:
  1. All your musical instruments should be properly cleaned and dried before keeping them in the unit.
  2. Ensure that the reed and mouthpiece of a wind instrument are clean and sanitized before placing so that mold or mildew does not develop from residual moisture.
  3. Keep some small desiccant packets near to your instruments as an added measure against damage due to dampness.
  4. Many instruments have specially made carrying cases with separate compartments for the various parts. Keep your instruments in it, if you have one.
  5. Visit your storage units often to keep a check on your valuables. If you find any issue with the instrument, take it for servicing, as everything requires maintenance and periodical service.


Different instruments are made of different materials, and that’s why it’s important to know how to protect your musical instruments in storage. Here are some instrument care tips that you can follow:

  • Brass Instruments: With brass instruments, you need to disassemble them, clean all of the leftover water particles inside, and oil/wax them properly. By doing this, they will remain in top condition over time, and that when you decide to use them again, you can easily clean the oil/wax. Brass instruments can become faded and dull with time, so make sure you polish them properly before putting them away.
  • Wooden Instruments: To keep your wooden instruments healthy, you should clean and condition the wood with wax before storing them. Avoid using oil and alcohol in place of wax, as it will just speed up the process of drying the wood.
  • Piano: Clean your piano before storing it. Clean and sanitize the keys with a cloth, and properly close the lid. Find a big enough sheet that can cover the whole instrument. The sheet will protect it from damage and dust. Pianos are big in size and require professional care when moving, so move them with the utmost care; or connect with us for the smoothest shifting.
  • Drums: When storing drums, surely oil the leather drum skin to prevent stretching and cracking on its surface. Wrap it with its cover for the best protection.
  • String Instruments: Loosen the strings of all your string instruments to relieve the tension, and drumheads should also be relieved of their pressure. Cover the strings with a cotton cloth before putting the instrument in the case.

Choosing the best storage unit for your musical instruments is a daunting task. But it is one of the most crucial things to do. With all the tips mentioned in this article, you will definitely be able to protect your musical instruments in storage with perfection.

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