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Friday, 18 September 2015 10:25

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew in Storage


Elite Storage provides Lafayette storage units that are temperature controlled in order to protect your belongings from harsh weather elements that can lead to things like mold and mildew. Unfortunately, you can still see these things if you’re items aren’t properly prepared for storage. Here are some ways you can prevent your possessions from getting mold and mildew while being stored.

Don’t Use Plastic Bags

Storing items in plastic bags may seem like a great idea at the time but this creates an environment where mold and mildew can prosper. This is because you are trapping water vapors inside the plastic bag along with your stuff. The exception to this rule would be vacuum sealed plastic bags.

Clean Appliances

Thoroughly clean all appliances before moving them into storage. You can purchase special cleaners are just baking soda to get rid of stains. Make sure all food residue is gone and remember to air dry completely before moving anything into storage because trapped in water will cause mold and mildew.

Clean Clothes Beforehand

If you have old clothes that have been sitting around in a closet or boxes, make sure to give them a good cleaning before putting into storage. This is to prevent further mold and mildew spreading just in case it’s already there. Wash using a liquid disinfectant and hot water rather than cold.

Purchase Additional Products

There are products that you can purchase which will draw moisture from the air like baking soda does in a fridge. You may not necessarily need this if you are using a temperature controlled unit but a little help never hurts. You can find these products in the cleaning section of most stores.

Mold and mildew can grow on a large variety of items but we hope these tips help you avoid ever having to see mold or mildew in any Lafayette storage units. With proper care before hand, you should never have to worry.

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