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Storing Outdoor FurnitureThe warm summer days are dwindling down, and so is patio season. If you have spent many summer nights lounging outside, having cookouts and looking at the stars, you know the value of your patio furniture. Protecting your patio furniture during the long winter nights to come will increase the longevity of your furniture, giving you more summer nights to look forward to.

When storing outdoor furniture, it is important to:

  • Check Manufacturer Approved Instructions
  • Wash All Furniture and Cushions
  • Allow All Furniture and Cushions Time to Dry
  • Store Your Items in a Dry Location

Best Practices for Storing Outdoor Furniture

1. Check Manufacturer Approved Instructions: All patio furniture is made differently. Before following the advice in this post, check the tag on your furniture to find the manufacturer’s recommendations for storing your furniture. Patio furniture can be made with a variety of materials and the manufacturer should be able to advise you on the best care for your specific furniture.

2. Wash All Furniture and Cushions: Before storing your furniture, make sure it is clean. Dirt, mud and food left on furniture can rot or form mold or mildew while in storage, ruining your furniture. Metal and wooden furniture can be scrubbed with a solution of detergent and water. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the furniture to ensure all detergent has washed off. If rust is present on metal furniture, treat it with a primer before storage. If wooden furniture needs repainted, take care of it before storage. Furniture cushions should also be washed before storage. If the outer cover of the cushion can be put in a washing machine, do so on a light cycle.

3. Allow All Furniture and Cushions Time to Dry: Give your furniture and cushions ample time to dry. Storing wet furniture or furniture cushions will result in mold or mildew forming on your furniture and cushions.

4. Store Your Items in a Dry Location: If you don’t cover your furniture and cushions and store them in a dry location all of your hard work will go to waste. Store your outdoor furniture and cushions in a garage or shed. If you don’t have room in your garage or shed, consider storing your outdoor furniture in a storage unit.

Do You Need Somewhere to Store Your Outdoor Furniture?

Are you looking for somewhere to store your outdoor furniture where it will be dry and out of the way? Consider a storage unit! At ezStorage, we have small, medium and large units, ranging in size from 25 square feet to 300 square feet, perfect for storing any amount of furniture. Our storage facilities are well-lit and equipped with state-of-the-art security cameras so you will feel safe storing with us. For additional peace of mind, Resident Managers live onsite at most of our ezStorage facilities. Contact us today with questions regarding your storage unit rental!

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A family enjoys time together at an RV camping park near Maryland and VirginiaAs the last few summer rays descend from the sky, it’s time to start thinking about fall-- the season of colored leaves, brisk air, football and apple cider. Fall is also a prime time for RV lovers to enjoy a few last camping trips before the winter weather arrives. If you live in Maryland and Virginia, check out these RV Parks near DC, Baltimore, Chantilly and Woodbridge!

RV Camping Parks Near DC and Baltimore, MD

Cherry Hill Park:

Cherry Hill Park is the closest campground to Washington, DC. This RV park also offers teepee, cabin and cottage rentals, and is pet friendly.

9800 Cherry Hill Road

College Park, MD 20740

(301) 937-7116

Ramblin’ Pines Family Campground & RV:

Ramblin’ Pines Family Campground & RV is a quiet campground conveniently located nearby DC, Frederick and Baltimore attractions. This campground offers cabin rentals a heated pool, trails and a game room.

8001 Hoods Mill Road

Woodbine, MD 21797

(410) 795-5161

Merry Meadows:

Located only one hour away from Gettysburg, this campsite can easily become a history buff’s favorite destination. This campsite also offers cabin and cottage rentals, a driving range and a swimming pool.

1523 Freeland Road

Freeland, MD 21053

(410) 367-4088

RV Camping Parks Near Woodbridge, VA

Aquia Pines Camp Resort:

3701 Jefferson Davis Hwy

Stafford, VA 22554

(540) 659-3447

RV Storage Solutions for the Winter Months

Are you in need of storage for your RV during the cold weather months? ezStorage offers parking and storage perfect for RV’s, campers and trailers! While some people may have the convenience of parking their RV in their driveway, the majority do not. We offer month-to-month rentals, so as soon as the brisk winter air turns mild you’ll be able to load up your RV and hit the open road. Do you have any questions about parking your RV with ezStorage? Contact us!

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Vintage stereo system ready to be placed into a climate controlled self storage unitLet’s face it. We all love to have the latest, greatest smartphones, HDTVs, computers and other electronic gadgets. And, companies like Apple are all too happy to give them to us—like clockwork—each year. The problem? What to do with our old electronics. Unfortunately, some of our old tech simply isn’t worth the space it occupies in our homes. Other stuff, like vintage stereo equipment, could be worth hanging onto, donating or selling online. In this post, we’ll explore four great options for clearing out your old electronics and making room for new upgrades. But first, let’s start with one thing you should NEVER do with your used technology:

Do Not Throw Out Your Electronics

Regardless of which option you choose from below, do not throw out your old electronics. They often contain chemicals and toxins that can damage the environment. In fact, even the most damaged piece of equipment can still be recycled and made into new items. Throwing out your electronics is also a huge waste. Donating, recycling, selling and storing electronics keeps them out of the landfill and prolongs their useful life.

Four Things to Do with Old Electronics

Sell Electronics for Cash Near You: Depending on the age and condition of the item, you may be able to make some good money on it. Websites such as eBay, Amazon and Craigslist make it easy to sell your used gear online.

Donate Old Electronics to Charity: If you do a quick search on the internet, you can easily find countless charities looking for donations. Charities will do a wide variety of things with old electronics, from refurbishing old computers into computer labs in underdeveloped countries to sending video games to our soldiers oversees. Gently used technology has the potential to do so much good in someone’s life—even if it no longer fills a need in yours.

Recycle Used Electronics for Free: Many stores that sell electronic devices also offer an electronics recycling service. Efforts to increase the recycling of electronics have heightened in recent years as the mass-use of electronics continues to grow. When you recycle something that no longer works, the recycling plant breaks it down and sorts into its core components. Plastics, metals and rare earth metals are often salvaged and used to produce new tech. As an added bonus, many recycling companies offer data erasing services to ensure no one can get to your personal information.

Store Electronics You Want to Keep: If your electronics are still working and you aren’t ready to part ways with them yet, consider storing them in a storage unit. Your vintage stereo amplifier from high school. The spare TV you don’t have space for right now… Are you interested in learning more? Contact us today!

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