When that closet becomes full and room for new clothes becomes sparse, a self storage unit may be just what you need to get the clothes you aren't wearing, but still want to hold on to into a safe place. When putting clothing items into a self storage unit, it is important to take every precaution to protect your clothing from being damaged, whether by environmental variables or pests. Here is a list of things that will help keep your clothing looking and feeling new until the day you decide to take it back out of storage:
1. Clean all clothes thoroughly prior to storage. For long term storage, do not use starch or any other type of finishing product on the clothes as it will attract moths or other pests you don't want in your clothing.
2. The place where you store your clothes should be cool, dry, and dark. Sunlight, extreme heat and humidity can be damaging to clothing.
3. Don't leave clothing in storage for more than a year without inspecting its condition. If you are storing clothing for an extended amount of time, do routine checks every 8-12 months to make sure there is no mold or pest infestation.
4. Do not use vacuum sealed bags or airtight containers to store your clothes. This can promote the growth of mold. Clothing should have access to proper ventilation, especially when storing clothing in an area of high humidity such as a San Diego self storage unit.
5. Cedar blocks are a great, all natural way to deter moths. These will offer protection for your clothes without the lingering smell of moth balls or other chemical pest control items.
6. When using hangers, use non-metallic hangers that won't rust. Cover all hangers with washed, non-bleached muslin fabric so the clothing has no direct contact with the hanger.
7. Be specific when labeling storage containers. Include the item type, the date it was stored, and any other important information particular to the clothing being stored.
8. Use a dehumidifier such as silica gel, (the same thing that comes with some food or medication containers) to prevent mold or mildew from forming.This is crucial if you are storing clothing in areas that experience high temeratures and humidity, such as a San Marcos storage facility.
9. Each individual item should be separated by a sheet of acid free tissue paper. This will help to maintain the integrity of each item and prevent mildew or dye transfer between garments.
10. Store fabrics with as few folds and creases as possible. Acid free tissue paper should be placed in between creases to prevent fiber breakage on fold lines.
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