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How to Store Antiques in Self Storage

There can hardly be a person who’s never had a problem with storage. Most of us try to put everything at home – in cabinets, guest rooms, basements, storage rooms, garages, etc. The problem is that a house is not the best place to store some items. The temperature, the dust and the moisture can easily damage the more vulnerable items that you own without you even realizing it at first. Without a good storage and packaging, the damage is inevitable.

Some of the most delicate items to store are antiques. Due to their age, price and sentimental value, they require special treating and extra care, ideally inside a storage unit where they will be completely safe. The perfect place to store antiques and other pieces of art is in a self-storage unit with cameras and guards. These storage facilities are safe, climate-controlled and extremely convenient. The secure environment will guarantee that your antiques remain in their original condition. It’s important to pack them properly before you store them. Here are some useful tips to get you started.

•    The golden rule of packing antiques is to make sure you are only using chemical free products. You might be surprised to find out that there are tissue papers which actually contain acid that can damage a precious oil or acrylic painting. If you are not entirely sure what packing material to use, talk to the storage agent and ask for advice.
•    When storing antique furniture, ensure that it’s all wrapped in a protective layer of bubble wrap or clean cloth. Store furniture on its own and don’t put other items on top of it.
•    Prior to packing and storing your antiques, make sure you’ve treated them properly. Polish the wooden furniture with wood conditioner, clean the leather and polish pots and pans. Dust each item and wrap the most fragile ones separately in bubble wrap. Use straps or packing tape to secure doors and lids.
•    Disassemble heavy antiques and pack each part and piece separately. Don’t forget to label them.
•    If you have many fragile antiques it’s better to use hard plastic boxes to store them. Cardboard boxes can easily tear or get crushed during the transportation.
•    Store textiles and quilts flat to prevent wear and tear by folding. Use tissue paper between the folds of clothes.
•    Use glassine paper to wrap fine art and paintings. On top, use a cling-wrap plastic for more safety. Don’t place paintings directly on the ground.
•    Store antique silverware in boxes and separate compartments. Wrap each piece in paper or bubble wrap to prevent scratching.
•    Use dehumidifier in the storage unit, especially if you live in an area with high humidity levels.

Choose the self-storage provider carefully and make sure you check for their testimonials from previous clients.

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Tips on Storing Antiques

store antiquesStoring antiques can be a real challenge since under the wrong conditions the damage done to them can easily become irreversible. The best way to go about this is to stay on the safe side and do everything according to plan by using special care and techniques such as the ones we’ll give as an example here:

1.    Temperature and humidity
These are the biggest enemies of any antique since humidity can destroy paintings, furniture and pretty much any work of art or mechanism. Forget about storing something like this in a basement or the attic – you will need a controlled environment where the damage will be kept to a minimum. There are storage units out there offered by companies which offer proper ventilation as well as temperature control for precisely this purpose. Some of the facilities use a dehumidifer as well as a central air conditioning system so don’t hesitate to use their services if you want to have the ideal conditions.

2.    Transportation
Remember that transporting any antiques is a risky business since most of them are worn and fragile even in the best cases. You will need to find a unit which offers easy access and very little opportunities for damage – avoid having to store antique furniture or other belongings in buildings with no elevators since you may damage them during the move.

3.    Insurance options
Remember that any antique must be insured so you can save yourself the trouble if something bad happens. Different storage companies offer different coverage – when you pick make sure you’ll be able to cover the entire estimated value of the objects in question.

4.    Packing carefully
When you’re working with mirrors or paintings and other large antiques make sure you wrap them with bubble wrap or felt or thick blankets. Saran wrap can also be utilized when you’re working on packing as it will stick together very well and it will offer some protection against scratches. A lot of companies also offer specialized boxes for the storage of these particular types. Avoid storing them flat as they may get damaged as they collapse under their own weight or something is laid on top of them. Covering furniture with special protection such as bags or sheeting is a must in this case. Storage companies offer heavy-duty versions of these as well.

5.    Keeping inventory
This is a very important step since you need to know the exact condition of the items you’re storing for future reference. Note any small damages or details you may be aware of so you can make a comparison once you pull them out of storage for use or sales. The best way to do this is to keep both a paper copy and a spreadsheet covering everything you can – this will be useful with moving companies as well.

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