The convenience of a mini-refrigerator makes this appliance a popular one. It’s one of the most iconic items to go to and from a college dorm room, but the mini-fridge is also a great accessory to have in an in-law suite, at your basement bar, or favorite hangout space.
Sometimes, you need to know how to properly store a mini-fridge. There are many reasons why this might be the case, such as:
- You or your loved one are home from college for the summer and the small fridge will get in the way at home.
- You’re moving and won’t need the mini-fridge for a couple of months.
- You’re having renovations done at home and don’t want your mini-fridge to become damaged.
No matter the reason, Fairfax City Self Storage has a professional storage solution to keep your mini-fridge safe and secure until you need it again. We’ve even compiled some of the best tips on how to store a mini-fridge so that it doesn’t become moldy or malfunction when retrieved for use. Read on to learn more.
Select Temperature Controlled Storage
The first and most important step to take when determining how to store a mini-fridge is to select a storage solution that offers temperature control.
Fairfax City Self Storage has numerous temperature controlled storage units that are temperature and humidity controlled. We keep our units between 60-75 degrees all year long and humidity monitored so your items aren’t impacted by the constant change in weather conditions. By keeping humidity under control, we help you keep mold and mildew out of your mini-fridge so it stays in the same condition as when you placed it into storage.
Unplug, Defrost, and Dry
Defrosting your mini-fridge is especially critical to ensure that you prevent mold from forming in your appliance. If you’re wondering how to defrost a mini-fridge, start by removing any items from the appliance and unplugging the power cable. To avoid any condensation from damaging your flooring during the defrosting process, place a towel underneath the mini-fridge and keep the door open for at least 24 hours before taking any additional steps. Once your small fridge has defrosted, use another clean towel or soft cloth to wipe out any excess moisture until the appliance is completely dry.
Use a Safe Cleaning Solution
Mini-refrigerators can see a lot of use, from storing leftovers to cold beverages and more. Before placing your appliance into storage, it’s important to remove bacteria and musty odors that can often build up after use. Select a cleaning solution that won’t harm your mini-fridge interior, such as warm water with soap, baking soda, or vinegar. Remember to remove any drawers or shelves for a thorough cleaning. Your mini-fridge should also be sanitized with liquid bleach or a similar sanitization solution. Finally, you will need to once again dry your fridge completely by leaving the door open for at least another 24 hours.
Store in a Safe Spot
Once your mini-fridge is clean and dry, it’s time to find a spot in your storage unit. All components of your appliance should be reattached and your power cable should either be removed (if possible) or taped to your mini-fridge to avoid becoming tangled or damaged. If you are moving the appliance to a new spot, lift with caution or use a moving dolly to avoid injury. You will also need to keep the mini-fridge upright, as moving or storing it horizontally can cause mechanical damage or even a leak of coolant. Choose a safe, clean spot that is away from other possessions that could fall and harm your appliance.
Contact Us Today
With climate controlled storage that is designed with your needs in mind, you have a solution to keep your mini-fridge and many other items safe and secure 24/7/365. Fairfax City Self Storage provides customers with this access throughout the year at our state-of-the-art facility, which is conveniently located just off the beltway in Fairfax, Virginia.