Best Practices for Long Term Storage

Best Practices for Long Term Storage

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With today’s modern conveniences, it is not all that uncommon to have a possession or an object for every occasion. With four seasons in a year, the average family can accumulate a number of possessions that are only used during a fraction of the year.

Winter jackets, summer backyard furniture, seasonal sporting equipment, family mementos, and photo albums – we’ve all got a collection of items we don’t use regularly, if not only for a few months out of twelve.

Storing family possessions at a storage facility is commonplace for items such as these; however it is recommended that some care be given to how these items are stored.

Here is a compilation of storage advice, assembled from questions asked by our readers.

1. Keep It Clean

When storing anything for any amount of time it is important to keep it clean – no matter what condition your stored items are when they go into storage, it is quite likely they’ll come out a little dirtier.

To prevent fibre damage, permanent stains, pests, and other wonderful side effects of long term storage, ensure that your articles are clean, and so is the vessel they’re stored in.

Dry clean items that are expensive or fragile. When cleaning any storage containers use a little bleach. On clothes it’s best to avoid starching anything before storing, as starch may attract insects.

Any items that go into storage with a hint of mold or mildew could grow the culture, expand it, and spread it all over all of your other items housed in your storage locker.

2. Keep It Elevated

In order to prevent mildew and mold from taking over items stored close to the floor, try your best to keep them elevated. Shipping pallets are often available from storage facilities, and maybe even for free if you swing by the back loading dock of your local Home Depot or Lowes. (Ask! We’re not implying you steal them).

Elevating your possessions will improve airflow through your storage unit, which will cut down on the overall amount of mites and mildew present.

3. Use The Right Storage Materials

There are many tools in the storage arsenal and it’s prudent to know your options, as well as have an understanding of what happens over time in your storage unit. If you think it’s pretty uneventful, you’re wrong! Nature has a way of reclaiming everything on this planet, even if it’s stored in a cement storage cell. Don’t worry as Reads Removal Peterborough will have everything you need to amply store your items.

Storing items in plastic to prevent your items from coming into contact with moisture may be counterproductive; the restricted airflow may accumulate moisture over time, which will lead to the most awful of molds growing inside and out of your plastic-wrapped storage items. Try to keep plastic loose and airy when used, or package items with something along the lines of silica crystals. If you’re worried about moisture, vacuum pack and opt for a climate-controlled storage unit.

Moth balls. We cannot stress this one enough; whether you like the smell or not, get them and use them, or your fabric items may come out looking like Swiss cheese next season.

If you’re hanging anything, make sure to use rust-proof hangers! This is a mistake you only need to make once to learn a valuable lesson. If you’re storing an item on a hanger, it’s probably important to you, no?

4. When to Opt For Climate-Controlled

If you live in a foggy, dreary place – or weather can change at the drop of a hat, it is highly recommended to select a climate-controlled storage unit. It may cost a little more, but the investment will be well worth it, and the post-storage clean-up will likely be more bearable.