If you are planning on travelling and spending an extended period of time abroad, you may be thinking about putting your clothes into a self-storage unit. However, when you are putting your clothes into storage, it is important that you take precautions and steps to protect them from damage. Below is a guide which will help to ensure that your clothes emerge from the storage unit in the same condition they entered it.
Choose a climate-controlled storage unit
When looking for a storage unit, it is important to remember that not every unit is the same. When planning to store fabrics such as silk, leather or fur, you should seek out a climate-controlled storage unit. A climate-controlled storage unit is fitted with temperature sensors, fans, heaters and a dehumidifier, which are used to maintain a steady atmosphere within the unit. This equipment helps to reduce the risk of mould or mildew forming on your clothes while they are in storage.
Wash and dry the clothes before putting them into storage
Before placing the clothes into storage, you should wash and dry them as you normally would before wearing them. Any dirty clothes which are put into storage may contain stains or organic matter, which will attract bugs and pests. Starch can also attract insects, so you should avoid using it on clothes which are about to be put into storage.
Use the right type of container
It is important that you use the right type of container to store your clothes. Although they are becoming increasingly popular, you should avoid using vacuum-pack bags to store clothes. Because these bags do not allow air to circulate around the clothes, they increase the chance of mould formation. You should store your clothes in sturdy plastic boxes which can be stacked on top of one another. You should avoid cramming the boxes full of clothes, as this will prevent the movement of air. You should instead leave a little space within the box so air can circulate. It is a good idea to invest in plastic boxes which have small air vents. When placing the clothes in the box, you should separate them using acid-free tissue paper, as this will help to prevent mildew and mould, then add silica gel packs to the box, as these will help to absorb any moisture.
If you would like further advice or information about placing clothes in storage, you should contact a storage company today.