While it is close to impossible to get rid of mold spores entirely, there are many things you can do to prevent them from damaging you belongings while they are being stored. Before you even pack up your things it’s important to know the conditions of where these items are being stored. If the space is a basement or attic, make sure there aren’t any leaks or water already in the space. If it is a storage unit, request for a climate-controlled unit if you’re given the option. Knowing the space before you put your things into storage can make all the different in keeping them in good condition.
The first thing to understand is Climate Control. Making an effort to reduce the amount of moisture in your garage, basement, or storage unit can contain the mold and mildew and prevent it from spreading. If your space doesn’t have central climate control, I suggest buying a Dehumidifier.
Another key ingredient to proper storage is the Containers that you store your belongings in. It is common to use cardboard boxes when moving possessions, as they are easy to break down and put together. It may also seem convenient to simply put those cardboard boxes in storage as-is. Cardboard breaks down much more quickly than plastic containers and is much more susceptible to weather conditions – i.e. humidity, which leads to mold. Don’t expect cardboard boxes to keep your belongings in good condition for the long-term.
The best solution to keeping your belongings from accruing mold and mildew is Plastic Containers. They are water-proof, air tight, and you can choose from a wide range of colors to choose from. Green for Xmas? Red for Valentines day? Orange for the fall? If you’re willing to spend a little extra, plastic containers are a sure-fire way to protect your things and keep your storage spaces organized.