Are you running out of space in your wardrobes? Or maybe you're moving and need a temporary solution for storing your clothes? A self storage unit can be the perfect option. However, it's important to know how to properly store your clothes to ensure they stay in great condition. In this article, we'll share some tips on how to safely store your clothes in a self storage unit.
1. Clean and Dry Your Clothes
Before storing your clothes, make sure they are clean and completely dry. Any stains or dirt left on the fabric can attract bugs or cause permanent damage over time. Take the time to wash and dry each item thoroughly before packing them away.
2. Use Appropriate Containers
Invest in high-quality containers that are specifically designed for clothing storage. Avoid using plastic bags or cardboard boxes, as they can trap moisture and lead to mould or mildew growth. Opt for breathable containers made of fabric or plastic with ventilation holes.
3. Fold Properly
Fold your clothes neatly to minimise wrinkles and maximise space efficiency. Avoid overstuffing containers, as this can lead to creases and damage the fabric. Stack folded items vertically rather than horizontally to easily see what's inside each container.
4. Protect Against Moisture
Moisture is one of the biggest enemies when it comes to storing clothes. To protect against moisture, consider using moisture-absorbing products such as silica gel packets or moisture-absorbing crystals. Place these products inside each container to keep humidity levels low.
5. Avoid Sunlight Exposure
Direct sunlight can fade colours and damage fabrics over time. When choosing a location for your self storage unit, opt for one that is not exposed to direct sunlight. If possible, cover windows with curtains or blinds to block out any potential sunlight.
6. Don't Forget About Pest Control
Pests such as moths, rodents, or insects can wreak havoc on your stored clothes. Take preventive measures by using pest control products such as mothballs or cedar chips. Regularly inspect your storage unit for any signs of pests and take immediate action if necessary. Moth and vermin cover is included with our Self Storage insurance policy if access to your storage unit is not external.
7. Label and Organise
To make it easier to find specific items later on, label each container with its contents. This will save you time and effort when you need to retrieve a specific piece of clothing from your self storage unit. Additionally, consider organising your containers by season or type of clothing for even more convenience.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your clothes remain in excellent condition while in storage. Remember to periodically check on your stored items and take any necessary precautions to maintain their quality.
Now that you know how to safely store clothes in a self storage unit, you can confidently declutter your wardrobes or prepare for your upcoming move. Happy storing!
Make sure to select storage that is appropriate for your needs. For textiles, we suggest using internal storage in a temperature-controlled environment. Check out our storage guide for more information on different types of storage and which one would be most suitable for you.
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