When you spend the time and money to put your stuff in storage, chances are that you want it to be there and in good condition when you come back to pick it up. Here are some easy steps you can take to help avoid the development of mold and mildew in your stage unit.
Store Only Very Dry Items
This may seem obvious, but many people think they are doing themselves a favor by cleaning things before they put them in storage. If you launder out of season clothes before storing them or wash down anything made of porous materials (wood or cloth, for example), be sure that it is absolutely dry before putting it into the storage unit.
Try to avoid moving on a rainy day or a day when the humidity is high. If you ust put things in storage during the rain, be sure to take time to dry things off before you leave.
Prop Appliance Doors Open
If you are storing large appliances like a freezer or refrigerator, be sure to clean it first. If there are water lines, for indoor filter water or for ice makers, drain the water. Then, when you put the appliance in the storage unit, prop the door open to allow air to circulate. When there is no air circulation, mold grows.
Avoid Using Cardboard
Many of us assume that cardboard boxes are perfect for storing things, but the truth of the matter is that in a moist climate like Oaks and Phoenixville, cardboard draws moisture out of the air. That damp cardboard then can transfer moisture to your belongings inside or can be the source for the mold growth. The boxes may even fall apart because of the moisture they collect.
Add a Desiccant
In our wet Pennsylvania climate, adding a desiccant can also help prevent mold and mildew growth. Commercial desiccants are available at most home improvement stores and can be scented or unscented. They help draw moisture out of the area, acting as a sort of natural dehumidifier. Clay cat litter or untreated charcoal can also be used. In either case, they need to be changed every 3-4 months and should never be placed directly on your stored goods.
Consider Climate-Controlled Storage
Air movement and temperature control are two of the best ways to avoid mold and mildew, so climate-controlled storage, with blowing air conditioning or heat can also help you avoid mold and mildew on your stored goods.