Many of us really like our “stuff” – so much so that even if we don’t have room for it or use it very often, we still want to hold on to it. But if you want to use that stuff again in the future, it’s important that you know how to safely store it.
Warping, yellowing, shorting, melting and molding are often the result of extreme heat or cold, humidity and sunlight. Prevent damage by taking extra care when packing your items for storage and choose the right storage facility. Your best bet is to choose a climate-controlled storage facility. These storage facilities ensure your items are kept in conditions that are conducive to preserving your items.
Here are a few tips on what to look for when choosing a storage facility:
1. Temperature – most items are sensitive to extreme heat or extreme cold. Make sure your storage facility has the ability to maintain a moderate temperature.
2. Moisture – many items may warp or mold in moist and humid environments. Ensure there are no leaks or excess moisture in your storage unit. Whenever possible, keep your items raised off the ground as an extra precaution.
3. Light – many items will fade or yellow when exposed to sunlight. Choose a storage unit that has no windows. If you can’t avoid windows, line them with paper to block out the sun.
By choosing a climate-controlled storage facility, you’ll be better equipped to preserve your items for years and years. For more on how to pack and store items like furniture, china and silverware, linens and textiles, and books and records, click here.
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