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Learn To Preserve Your Clothes In Self Storage!

The best way to create space in your closet is by storing some clothes in a self-storage unit. You can clear room in your closets and drawers for new clothes while ensuring that you avoid clutter. Many people take advantage of the self-storage units for storing different clothing items. The storage facilities have units that enhance convenience while allowing you to swap out your closet as seasons change. You can keep your items well organized and you do not have to worry about clutter. Following are some helpful clothing storage tips to protect your items.

•    Cleaning the clothes

You need to ensure that your clothing items are clean before storing them. Properly washing the clothing items prior to storage is essential if you want them to remain in top condition. Launder the items or have them dry cleaned and remember that dirty clothes can become permanently stained if the oil and dirt particles remain on the fabric for long. Cleaning can also help to prevent nasty odors and keep away insects that are attracted to the dirt causing further damage to the items.

•    Packing containers

You should pack your clothes in plastic containers as opposed to using the more common cardboard boxes. Clothes are more vulnerable to odors and pests when stored in regular cardboard boxes. Using plastic storage containers with tight lids will keep your clothing safe for a long period. Visit the storage facility to determine the condition of the units. You need to realize that where you choose to store your belongings will determine their condition when you retrieve them.

•    Distributing weight

When arranging the clothes in the storage unit, you need to ensure that you distribute the weight properly. This will help to keep the items in the best condition. Keep heavy clothing items at the bottom of the containers, meaning that the heavy jackets should be below and the light clothing on top. Remember that placing heavy items on light ones can cause the lighter clothing to stretch and become distorted. This is especially important if you are storing the items for a long period.

•    Appropriate environment

Choose an appropriate environment for the best storage. A cool, dry and dark environment is idea for clothes storage making the use of climate-controlled storage the perfect option. The climate controlled storage units remain in constant temperature all year round. They are perfect for keeping out light and moisture that can be damaging to fabric. The best conditions keep clothes from getting mold and odor, and prevent damage like discoloration and stretching.

It is wise to find out if there are any signs of mold in the storage unit before placing your clothes in them. Some of the things that can indicate this include the presence of a musty smell in the facility, as well as stains on surfaces such as the ceiling boards.

•    The specific storage method used

The specific storage method used can determine the quality of the clothes. For instance, storing wool on a hanger is usually not advisable. This has the potential to make the fibers of the fabric stretch under the weight of the clothing. With time, you will find that the piece of clothing has become oversized. For this reason, you should always store such materials flat rather than hanged.

The same goes for other items such as ties. For silk, however, you have the liberty to store them while hanging since they are not affected by their weight as much. The best way to avoid inadvertent damage to the clothing is by sorting them by their fabric material, and then storing each according to the best conditions for that particular material.

•    Give enough room for all clothing

If possible, you should consider storing the clothing items in such a manner that each of them can ‘breathe’. Simply bunching up a number of clothes together is not ideal. The fact that they might get compressed when in this state means that with time, they will get damaged. If you intend to store some of the clothes hanging, one way to give them enough room would be by storing them on clothes racks. These are easy to use and allow you to space out each of the articles of clothing on them. They also tend to be very cheap.

The tips will come in handy when you want to maintain your clothing in the best condition while in storage. Make sure that you look for the best storage facility in your area. When choosing the facility, think about issues like the condition of the units, security, and other conditions. The best units are clean and dry, and they come in different sizes to suit any storage needs. They are also secured with round the clock video monitoring, onsite resident managers and computerized access points.

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  • Dear owner, Your site manager Jane is great! Jim C.

  • September 13, 2012. Walking into the office, I knew this was the place I wanted to store our belongings. Jane was so helpful and accommodating. The place was very clean and well laid out for moving and manouevering your way around. I know I found the place when I walked into Abacus.

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