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Ten Storage Centre Tips

Photographs

To store photographs properly, make sure you use the right type of albums. Do not place old photographs (or any photographs for that matter) in albums which are magnetic or of the ‘stick and peel’ variety in self storage. Over time, the plastic, cardboard, paper and glue found in such albums will only damage your photos. Instead, invest in albums which are guaranteed and labeled as free of acids.

Wine

The best thing that you can do to ensure that your bottles are kept safe is to store them lying on their sides so that the cork can be kept moist – this is what keeps air away from the liquid. Once the cork is dry, the wine will be oxidised and lose its quality.

Fragile Items

Use a protective covering like bubble wrap on mirrors and glass, then stack them on their ends (never leave them flat).

Books

Stack smaller books over larger books and make sure that they’re arranged horizontally (never vertically) because it can damage the spine.

Baking Soda

A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. You can put a box of baking soda in there to absorb any excess water if needs be as larger appliances make excellent packing cases for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.

Glasses, bowls, cups

All glass items should be individually wrapped and stacked, whereas cups and bowls should be nested on top of each others. Stand plates, saucers, and platters on their edges.

Sofas

Generally, it’s better to store vertically on a flat sided arm. Leather handles the pressure very well, as does micro-fibre. Silky high end fabrics are better to kept on their feet as they don’t have the structural integrity to withstand the additional pressure.

Label Cables

When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos or anything that has numerous cords, place small coloured stickers on the cable and the same coloured sticker on the socket it plugs into on the device.

Avoiding Rust

If you are planning on storing metal objects like lawnmowers or filing cabinets, it is a good idea to treat them with rust protector first, or at least wipe them down with an oily rag.

Electronic Equipment

Wrap electronic equipment as if you were wrapping glass or crystal (with extra layers of foam and then placed into a larger box). Never wrap computers or electronic devices in plastic for long term self storage as it traps moisture in and fosters mildew growth.

 

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