It’s not just high temperatures that you have to worry about when planning to store valuable business and household items, but also moisture and humidity. While most self storage companies offer slightly higher storage unit rates for climate controlled storage features, keeping your belongings from sustaining damage due to high temperatures, humidity, or freezing conditions is worth the investment.
The best methods for storing electronics include remembering that technology evolves faster than lightening, and if you put something out of sight will it be relevant by the time you unpack it from your storage unit.
Of course, vintage electronics are popular collectibles and keeping any electronic gadgetry safe and protected from the elements is a worthwhile investment.
Be sure to remove all batteries, and not store anything directly on the floor where it will be more susceptible to moisture. Label boxes as “fragile” and use bubble wrap or foam padding to protect delicate items. But don’t wrap electronics in shrink-wrap because moisture can be trapped inside.
It’s better to use paper wrapping, moving blankets, or beach towels that you can pick up cheaply at the local Goodwill store.
Wood expands and contracts with changes in surrounding temperature and humidity, which is why a temperature-controlled unit is usually the best option. But before you store, prepare your wood furniture beforehand. Painted furniture may simply need to be wiped down, but stained, dyed, oiled, and waxed wood furniture may require special care such as applying linseed oil or a specific type of furniture wax.
After you’ve prepped your furniture one way to keep it protected is to wrap it with moving blankets and then shrink-wrap it. This will keep it from getting scuffed or dinged during transport and storage.
Plan to allow for space between items so that air circulates between the furniture and you can remove your pieces more easily should you need a particular item in the future.
Storing wine in “perfect” storage conditions is something wine geeks can argue about all day long. While that makes it impossible to give definitive advice about the “perfect” wine storage conditions, you’ll be fine if you put wine in a dark, largely undisturbed place with a moderate and fairly constant temperature.
When it comes to storing your wine in a storage facility choosing whether or not you need a specialized wine storage option or simply a storage unit that meets your storage needs depends largely upon where you live. Talk to your local storage facility manager about how long you need wine storage and how often you plan to access the collection.
In the meantime, if you want to start a serious wine collection, take your time and remember this advice: “The only collection worth having is one filled with wines you like.”
Hmmm … you may find yourself asking whether or not you need wine storage after all.
Photos and Artwork
When it comes to storing your most treasured possessions, family photos, paintings, and art supplies are usually at the top of the list. Not only do these items need to be protected from UV exposure and humidity, but they also need to be packaged and stored properly. Storing photos of family, friends, and travel adventures is easy if you have a Flickr or Smug Mug account.
But what about grandmas’ family tree of ancestral photos tucked into an aging photo album? Or the hundreds of baby pictures mom and dad took of you and are now stored in boxes? Exposures.com offers photo sleeves made of photo-safe materials that pass the same safety test used by the Library of Congress and the National Archives.
Storing photos is a temporary solution until you have the time or inclination to transfer them into digital files.
Medical and Pharmaceutical Products
Pharmaceutical reps often turn to their local self storage facility to keep their inventory and shipments safe. Besides choosing a climate-controlled facility, reps should also ensure the storage unit is clean and that there are no signs of bug or rodent infestations and conveniently located. New or renovated storage facilities are always more attractive, but older facilities with good maintenance programs and reputations are also good choices.
Most but not all storage operators accept deliveries without an extra charge. At Metro Self Storage our friendly storage managers will happily accept deliveries and work with each pharmaceutical rep to create a plan for deliveries to avoid running into any issues down the line.
Bonus Tip: At the end of the day, if you still find yourself asking, Do I really need climate-controlled storage? We can help. It’s one of the most popular questions we hear in the storage industry. Answering these three easy questions will help your storage facility answer your biggest questions about climate-controlled storage units.
- What are the temperature ranges where you live?
- What are you planning to store?
- How long do you plan to utilize a self storage unit?