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Mold is one of the most feared dangers of long-term storage. However, many people also manage to store their items, even those vulnerable to mold such as furniture, without mold-related damage. Moreover, some of them don't need to invest too much money in their mold prevention strategies. The following tips will help you join that "lucky" group:
Clean and Dry Your Items Before Storage
This advice is common even though not many people heed it. Dirt can easily attract and retain moisture, leading to mold growth. Therefore, you can win half the battle by cleaning and drying your items before taking them to the storage unit. This is especially true of items that absorb moisture, such as upholstered furniture.
Make Use of Desiccants
Desiccants are made from hygroscopic substances, such as baking soda and silica gel, which have a high affinity for water and will absorb any moisture they come into contact with. Placing such substances in your storage unit, preferably between your stored items, will help by attracting moisture from the air and keeping your items dry.
Aerate Your Storage Unit
Efficient air circulation is also necessary for reducing the risk of mold. This is because the circulating air carries with it any moisture that would have encouraged mold growth. Therefore, don't pack your items so tightly that air circulation is hampered. For example, it may be necessary to raise the stored items above the floors and keep them away from the walls of the storage unit.
Keep Appliance Doors Open
If you are keeping large appliances such as refrigerators and cabinets, leave their doors open. You can use something to prop the doors open so that they won't close once you are out of the storage unit. This will keep them from trapping moisture: the main agent of mold growth.
Make Sure Your Storage Unit Isn't Leaking
Lastly, you need to ensure that your storage place won't introduce any moisture onto your stored items by way of leaks. Inspect your storage place thoroughly to ensure it is watertight. Cracks on the walls or ceiling, peeling paint or discolored patches on the ceiling or walls should arouse your suspicion and demand further scrutiny.
The above tips should help keep your storage place dry and free from mold and mildew. However, using a climate-controlled unit is the best way to prevent mold and other climate-related issues. Consult a storage facility manager for further benefits of climate-controlled storage units or visit a site like http://www.tysonsstorage.com.Share
14 July 2017