Tips for Long-Term Storage

Self storage is a great way to store all those things that you don’t want to get rid of because they may come in handy someday or you need to store your possessions while you are away for a period of time. All sorts of things can be stored in a storage unit for a few weeks, for example, while you are getting your new home cleaned and organised or you can rent storage space long-term. You can rent a storage unit as a secondary storage space for those things you may only need once or twice during the year or you can store the entire contents of your home for extended periods while you travel or if you plan to live abroad for a period of time. People who store their valuable belongings in self-storage can be confident that they will be safe and secure and in the same condition when you return. If you are thinking of using long-term storage, such as storage in Camberley, there are certain important things you need to know.

1. Cleanliness

It is very important to ensure that anything you plan to store for any length of time should be clean and dry. This will prevent your belongings from being infested with mould growth either from a moisture build-up or residual dampness in the air. Items that are particularly prone to mould are clothing (if it is stored either damp or dirty, leading to mildew) and kitchen utensils caked in grease and old food leading to a bad smell. If damp and dirty items are left in dark storage it will soon cause a widespread mould problem that will not only ruin the rest of your possessions but can also pose a significant health hazard to anyone who comes in close proximity to the area. So, the first thing to do is ensure that everything you plan to store is clean and completely dry.

2. Proper Packing

Proper packing will ensure that your belongings are kept secure while in storage. If items are not packed properly you can expect boxes to cave in and clothing to spill out and get eaten by moths or infested by mould. Avoid using plastic bags for packing as it induces a moisture build-up resulting in a mildew and mould problem that will ruin your belongings. A better solution is to use strong, secure boxes with structural integrity as they can be stacked without damaging the contents. Protect your goods by packing them securely to prevent damage, and ensure that any perishable goods are stored in an appropriate solution. Some items that will require extra attention include:

Delicate Items

Wrap delicate and fragile items carefully in bubble wrap, packing paper, or newspaper and pack in a secure box with filler material to prevent them from rolling around and getting damaged. Ensure that these boxes are packed at the top of a stick and not near the bottom.

Clothing

If you are storing clothing it may be worth purchasing a special clothing or wardrobe box to ensure they are stored safely. Wardrobe boxes allow you to hang clothes in garment bags rather than folding them and shoving them into a bin bag or box. Storing clothes in boxes or bin bags will allow a moisture build-up that will cause damp conditions, encouraging mould growth that will result in ruined clothes.

3. Cover the Floor

When storing items for a long period of time you will need to consider the impact of every part of the storage environment on items, including the floor. Most self-storage units have a concrete floor which means that it will not only be cold, but will also not absorb any moisture, sweat, spillages, and condensation that often occurs in a storage unit. To ensure that your items are properly protected it is recommended that you cover a concrete floor with canvas or any protective material to prevent your items from coming into contact with the bare floor. If space allows, you can install shelves to store items above the ground as this will not only allow air to flow around the unit preventing a build-up of moisture but also keep your items off the floor.