It can be devastating to open your belongings that you have been storing in a storage unit for a period of time to find they are covered in mold and mildew. To have any of your belongings ruined due to mold and mildew issues is frustrating, mostly because it is so avoidable. Economy Storage is here to share some tips to hopefully help you avoid any mold or mildew problems in your storage unit.
Check the Storage Unit for Any Leaks
Before you load all your belongings into an outside storage unit, check it for potential leaks. This is the best way to ensure you don’t have any water damage while renting the unit. If there are signs of leaks ask to be moved to another unit.
Never Store Damp Clothes or Other Things
This should be a no-brainer. Don’t ever put anything damp into a storage unit. When you are packing your clothes, and have recently washed them first, make sure there isn’t an ounce of moisture on them or you will have a problem on your hands. Any outdoor equipment that could be damp from the last time you used it should be completely dry before you put it into your unit.
How to Remove Humidity from a Storage Unit or Other Room
Here are a few items you may have lying around that can be used to remove moisture from the air and keep your belongings from falling victim to mold and mildew.
Charcoal Moisture Absorber – Have any charcoal briquettes lying around? These can be excellent at removing moisture from the air. You can simply place them in a bucket to remove the moisture in your unit. IF you have specific places you are concerned about, you can put them in small pouches and place them throughout the unit to remove moisture.
Use Cat Litter as Dehumidifier – Clay kitty litter is another way to get rid of moisture in the air. It can also be placed in a bucket to eliminate unwanted moisture. If you are looking for a way to remove moisture long term, this isn’t a great choice since it needs to be replaced every month to be effective.
Homemade Desiccant Rice – Filling a fabric pouch with silica crystals is an excellent way to get rid of moisture. You can hang several of them throughout your unit to keep your belongings safe. Over time, you will need to regenerate the crystals by emptying the bag and placing the crystals on a baking sheet in the oven at 300 degrees for a few hours to reuse them.
Long & Short Term Storage Unit Rentals in Logan, Utah
Don’t let your belongings fall victim to mold and mildew while they are in a storage unit. To keep your belongings safe, follow some of the tips mentioned above. Some items like clothing, leather, paper products, wooden furniture, and mattresses are more susceptible to mold and mildew than others. Economy Storage takes pride in our clean, safe storage units and would love to help you store your belongings anytime. Call us today!