If you need to store most of your belongings in a storage unit due to an extended trip, relocation, or an off-site work assignment, then you may want to place the majority of your wardrobe into the unit. If so, you want to protect your garments from damage. Keep reading to learn about some mistakes that you should avoid if you want your clothes to remain in great condition:
Using Boxes Or Plastic Bags
Mold and mildew are both going to be issues when using a self-storage unit. Ventilation is key when it comes to reducing mildew issues, but it is not often possible to ventilate a secured storage space. In this case, you want to ensure that your belongings are actually sealed tightly in airtight containers. While ventilation can reduce the moisture that encourages mold growth, mold also needs oxygen to flourish, so cutting off an air supply will keep mildew at bay.
This means not using plastic bags, boxes, or dry cleaning bags to store your items. You should purchase and use plastic bins instead. When buying the bins make sure to opt for ones with four locking clasps. These varieties, as well as ones that are labeled weather tight, are a good choice. Of course, when you use the bins, make sure that all items are completely dry. Packing the bins in a dry environment is a good choice as well for keeping moisture away.
Adding Moth Balls
If you want to protect your clothes from pests, then the airtight sealing can help with this. However, some clothing items may have moth or other insect eggs on them. While many eggs will not hatch and will remain dormant in a sealed environment, some eggs may hatch soon after you store your belongings due to the availability of oxygen and a food source. This can result in the formation of small holes in your clothing.
While moth ball will kill pests like clothes moths, they do contain insecticides like naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene. Both of these chemical agents can cause some dermatitis and allergic reactions. Also, the moth balls can be dangerous to pets and children, and they will make your clothing smell bad. Simply put, moth balls smell the way they do due to the vaporization of the insecticide agents.
Instead of using moth balls, use cedar balls or cedar blocks instead. These products contain natural oils that are toxic to pests, and they make your clothing smell good at the same time. Click here for info about choosing a self-storage unit near you.
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