3 Ways To Keep Mold And Mildew Out Of Your Storage Unit

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Self storage provides the perfect solution when it comes to decluttering your house, paring down your belongings, or preparing for a move. A storage unit is secure and allows you easy access to your belongings whenever you want them. However, mold and mildew can grow on and attack your belongings no matter how securely you lock up the door to your storage unit. Luckily, there are simple steps that you can take to combat the effects of mold and mildew. Here are three ways to keep mold and mildew out of your storage unit.

Keep a bucket of charcoal briquettes by the door.

Mold and mildew thrive in a warm, moist environment. Even if your belongings are exceptionally dry and clean, a balmy, humid day can trigger mold growth in your secured storage unit. Keeping the air dry in your unit is one approach to take when it comes to fighting mold growth. Charcoal is an excellent choice; it is inexpensive, easily procured, and wicks moisture out of the air. Simply put a bucket of charcoal briquettes near the door and any other area where there might be heat exchange in your unit. Just replace it every time you visit your unit.

Store your belongings in airtight containers.

You may not be able to control the humidity, but you can take steps to limit mold's ability to reach your belongings. Pack away your belongings in airtight containers. You can vacuum-seal clothing, important documents, small books, and artwork into sealable plastic bags. Removing excess air from the bag also removes moisture, keeping your belongings free of mold spores. Further, you can also use plastic tubs with sealing lids to safely stow away your bulkier items. Clear plastic tubs allow you to also visualize your belongings, making it easier to organize your storage unit efficiently.

Clean your items before putting them in storage.

It may seem strange to wash your clothes when they have already been laundered and sitting in your closet, but you should definitely wipe down and wash all your cloth and paper items before putting them into your storage unit. It is impossible for you to know if there are mold spore sitting on your belongings, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to grow. Take special care in making sure that your items have dried properly after cleaning as well.

For more information, contact a storage facility in your area today.

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