If you are worried about mold and mildew in your storage unit, you should be. In fact, mold and mildew can form easily, especially if the conditions are just right. You need to make sure that you are taking the steps necessary to protect your items when they are being stored both short-term and long-term.
One of the best ways to guarantee that your items will be protected is to rent a climate-controlled storage unit. A climate-controlled unit is one where the humidity level and temperature are regulated and kept within a range where items that are susceptible to extreme weather changes are protected.
While a climate-controlled unit can fight against mold and mildew, this does not mean that you can just throw anything into your unit and it be protected. It is essential that you follow some steps and tips to safeguard your items.
What Items Should I Protect Most?
There are some items that will easily allow mold and mildew to form without any hesitation and you need to make sure you protect these items. Some of the items you need to protect include:
- Wood including wood furniture
- Upholstered items
- Paper products
- Soft plastic items
In addition to the products above, items that retain any type of moisture such as coffee machines, can become victim to mold and mildew takeover.
Preventing Mold and Mildew
Preventing mold and mildew from forming in your storage unit should be your number one goal when you place items in storage.
One of the first steps you need to take is to make sure that you clean out any and all appliances before you store them. You want to remove all remnants of food particles and ensure that the appliance is completely dry both inside and out.
When it comes to your cushions and upholstered furniture, you should purchase protective furniture plastic to wrap around the pieces. You may want to wash the cushions before you store them, but do make sure they are completely dry when you place them in the plastic.
For your clothes and leather, always wash, dry, and fold them first and then place them in a plastic tote. If your leather items need to be hung, make sure to purchase a plastic zip clothing bag to go around them.
Lastly, you can purchase items that draw the moisture out of the air in your storage unit. These items typically hang up or are placed in the corner of the room and they will help to keep water and moisture to a minimum.
If you want to prevent mold and mildew in your storage unit, follow the steps above and always make sure that you are completely drying out all items that you put into your storage unit. If you do notice that there is mold in your unit, have it removed immediately to prevent further spread of the actual mold.