Preparing and Protecting your Photos in Storage

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Throughout the years you are bound to collect a lot of photos of your family and friends. When you find yourself in need of storage for your precious photos you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo to give you a safe and secure place. We want to ensure the quality and longevity of your photos so we have provided you with some steps of preparation for your photos.

Before placing your photos in storage you will want to make sure you are properly preparing them for their stay. Preservation experts say to look for paper enclosures that are made from a high quality, non-acidic, lignin-free paper (buffered or unbuffered) made from cotton or highly purified wood pulps. You should also avoid using envelopes with a center seam due to the adhesive that could damage your photos. If you are storing photo albums make sure they are placed on acid-free adhesive paper and protected with a sheet protector.

The Storage Unit
When consider what kind of storage unit you should rent, it is always wise to go with a temperature controlled storage unit. To keep your photos in pristine condition it is recommended that you store them in a unit that is well ventilated and doesn’t have fluctuation in temperature. Extreme temperatures tend to alter the condition of photos making them fade or become discolored.

To provide the best protection for you photos you will want to invest in some plastic bins to store them in. Plastic bins with sealable tops are the best when it comes to storing a variety of valuables in a storage unit. This will keep you photos away from any hazardous spills or unwanted guests. Make sure you don’t over pack your bins. Heavy boxes and bins are difficult to move and can cause damage to the items inside if they are filled to the brim.

Placing your photos in storage will give you the storage space you need in your home. You will always have access to your beloved photos in your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. We will work with you in finding the unit that suits all of your storage needs. Call us today to learn more about our facility and what we can offer you.

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