Did you know that high or low temperatures, along with high humidity, are the leading causes of damage to your stored items? While closets, attics, basements and garages are great for those that can withstand varying temperatures and moisture levels, there are certain items that need some extra TLC when it comes to storage.
Consider a storage unit with climate-controlled features to protect the following valuables that are most prone to conditional damage.
Many of the documents you currently have put away could benefit from a climate-controlled environment. These sometimes irreplaceable documents will potentially yellow or break down if stored in moist or wet conditions. Whether personal or sentimental, store with care. Consider:
- Legal or work-related documents
- Children’s school papers or artwork
- Old medical records
Tip: Use plastic sheets to encase important documents for added protection.
When it comes to storing electronics, temperature should be kept between 50-75*F. Extreme hot or cold temperatures can damage parts of the device. It’s also critical to store items in low humidity, avoiding basements, attics or garages.
- TVs—most importantly LCD or plasma flat-screens
- Computers and accompanying components
- Stereo or audio equipment
- Gaming systems
Tip: Store (and move) all equipment in an upright position to protect internal systems.
Avoid varying temperatures and humidity with a climate-controlled storage unit to maintain your favorite pieces’ conditions, and keep them from warping, discoloring or cracking, or to keep fabric from smelling musty.
- Wood furniture
- Leather sofas and chairs
- Antique or heirloom pieces
- Mattresses and bedding
Tip: Having trouble parting with a piece of furniture? Take our simple “Store It or Sell It” quiz to help you decide.
You invest a lot in your wardrobe, so store it properly to make your favorite pieces last. The best solution to keep clothes safe from damage is to store clothing in a climate-controlled area like a storage unit. By doing so, you’ll prevent issues related to mold, mildew or insects.
Tip: For added freshness, consider placing a dryer sheet in between individual items or stacks of items while you pack.
When In Doubt, Store It
Items of any kind that you truly love and value are worth protecting. Remember the added benefits of a climate-controlled storage unit to keep your belongings in great condition, year-round.
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