Placing Items In Storage? How To Prevent Them From Becoming Moldy

When you place items in storage, you want them to come out of storage in good condition — not covered in mold. Unfortunately, if you fail to take certain steps, your items may get moldy when they are being stored. Here are a few of the steps you should follow to prevent your items from becoming moldy when they are being stored in a self-storage facility.

Ensure Everything You Pack is Completely Dry

Prior to placing your belongings in storage, you should take the time to clean them. For example, you will want to clean a couch thoroughly to remove any food crumbs that may be between the cushions and wipe away any stains. Food crumbs can attract pests, and the stains may become set if they sit on the couch for a prolonged period of time. But one of the most common mistakes that people make is not thoroughly allowing their items to dry after cleaning them. Always allow your items to dry completely before placing them in storage to prevent mold growth. 

Inspect the Storage Unit for Signs of Leaks

Another important element that you need to do to prevent your items from becoming moldy in a self-storage facility is to inspect the unit for signs of leaks. Before placing your belongings in the unit, look for signs of water damage or leaks. This includes water stains on the ceiling or corners of the unit and rust spots. If you notice water damage, ask for a different unit. In addition to inspecting the unit prior to moving in, you also want to inspect the unit periodically if you are renting it for a prolonged period of time. Try to inspect your unit monthly, especially during the rainy season. 

Place Bowls of Charcoal to Absorb Humidity and Moisture

The last thing you can do to prevent your items from becoming moldy in storage is to place bowls or plates of charcoal in your unit. Place charcoal briquettes on paper plates or line real bowls or plates with tin foil to prevent staining. Then place a few briquettes on a plate or bowl in the unit. For best results, place a few plates or bowls in various corners. The charcoal will absorb moisture and humidity in the unit and help to keep moisture levels low. Replace the briquettes every one to two months. 

A self-storage facility provides you with a place to store items that you do not have room for in your home or to store items when you are between properties. You want your belongings to come out of storage in the same condition as they went in. By taking the time to dry your belonging thoroughly, inspecting your self-storage unit for signs of leaks and using charcoal to absorb moisture can help to prevent your belongings from getting moldy when they are being stored.