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What Papers Should-and Shouldn't-Your Business Shred?

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As a business owner, you may find that your company accumulates numerous files, papers, and receipts over the course of the year. While some of these papers are essential for your recordkeeping, others may simply be taking up space. With on-site document shredding services, you can safely and securely eliminate papers that are not serving your business’ needs. Here is an overview of the papers that you should and should not send through the shredder.

Don’t Shred Financial Statements
Financial statements are examples of documents that should never be shredded. Your financial documents may include reports of your assets, yearly income, or equity. Other important financial papers include cash flow statements and retained earnings statements. By keeping these documents on file, you will be able to keep accurate records of your business’ financial standing.

Sort Tax Documents Before Shredding
When you are seeking out papers to shred, you may be tempted to eliminate your old tax documents. While some tax documents can be shredded, others must be kept in storage for a certain period of time. As a rule, you should wait at least six years before shredding your company’s past tax statements. Employee tax documents, such as I-9 forms, can usually be shredded after four years.

Shred Identifiable Information
Once you have taken stock of the items you will need to retain for your records, you will be ready to start shredding any other identifiable information. Documents that include confidential information about your customers should be shredded after use. Any other papers that contain insider details about your company should also be sent through the shredder.

If you have further questions about on site document shredding protocols for businesses, contact POUCH Self Storage by calling (800) 378-4598. Along with our vehicle storage and self storage in Lake Forest, our personal storage company also offers secure shredding services. Our team will be happy to help you shred your extra documents and get your paper filing system under control.

Here's Why Restaurant Owners Need a Storage Unit

Although a storage unit may not seem like an essential part of doing business as a restaurant, it can actually be an invaluable tool for restaurant owners. With multiple size options available, storage units can be an affordable and effective solution for large and small restaurants’ needs. Here are some of the reasons why business storage can be so valuable for restaurant owners.

Stockpile Supplies

Not everything a restaurant purchases is perishable. The reason that many restaurants don’t keep large stocks of nonperishable items is that they simply don’t have space. With a storage unit, you can confidently order supplies of things like aprons, order pads, dishes, silverware, glasses, and nonperishable food staples, including alcohol, without worrying about where you’ll keep it all. Having this backup stock means there are fewer items you need to track daily for ordering and you’ll always be ready for unexpected busy periods.

Make the Workplace Safer

Trying to fit more items into your workplace than it can safely hold is dangerous for your staff. This is especially true in restaurants, where workers are active and moving fast. A pile of boxes in a walkway or stacks of excess supplies in a pantry can easily become injury hazards for your team. A storage unit gives you another place to put back stock, so your employees can do their jobs safely.

Indulge in Changeable Décor

Many restaurant owners would love to change their décor seasonally, but storage issues can make that impossible. With a storage unit, you can hang on to seasonal decorations, patio furniture, and other pieces of décor you only use periodically, so your restaurant will always look fresh and inviting.

At POUCH Self Storage in Fountain Valley and San Juan Capistrano, you’ll find a range of personal and business storage units, allowing you to choose a space that fits your needs and budget. With our free moving truck, we make it easy to move supplies into your new unit without extra costs. Call us at (800) 378-4598 for more information.

Keeping Your Stored Sofa Looking Like New

Sofas are common items in self-storage units, but keeping them in good condition takes a little bit of preparation. If you plan to put a sofa into storage, follow these tips to ensure it stays looking like new until you’re ready to use it again.

Clean Before Storing

It’s always a good idea to clean your sofa before putting it into storage, even if you don’t see any signs of stains or dirt. Sofas take a lot of abuse, so putting it away without cleaning means you’ll be locking in sweat, germs, and odors. The right method of cleaning your sofa depends on its upholstery materials. Generally, synthetic fabrics can be cleaned with water, while natural fabrics require a solvent-based cleaner. Leather sofas can be cleaned with a few drops of olive oil massaged into the leather using a microfiber cloth. Ensure your sofa is thoroughly dried before moving it to your storage unit.

Choose Climate-Controlled Storage

Climate-controlled storage facilities will reduce the impact of temperature extremes, moisture, and humidity on the wood and upholstery of your sofa. Although climate-controlled units often cost a bit more, they are worth the extra money to protect your investment in your sofa. Be sure to select a unit of adequate size to accommodate your sofa and any protective padding you want to put around it—you shouldn’t have to push the sofa against a wall or the door.

Store the Sofa Off the Ground

One of the easiest and most effective ways you can protect your sofa in storage is to put it on pallets to keep it off the ground. This will protect your furniture piece from dirt and moisture. It will also help air circulate freely around your sofa. Cover the sofa with drop cloths or padded cloths, but avoid plastic, which traps air and moisture and encourages mold growth.

POUCH Self Storage offers a range of storage options, including climate-controlled, personal storage units and jumbo storage units, as well as business storage. Find out more about our storage solutions in San Juan Capistrano by calling (800) 378-4598.

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