Photos are memories of moments that you want to cherish and protect. It is important to go that “extra mile” in order to make sure that they are safe and protected while in storage. As a photographer, I know what it means to keep these items protected and that they’re close to the heart. Storing your photos is a relatively easy process and important in order to guarantee that you will be able to hold on to your memories for many years to come. Storplace Self Storage of Rivergate highly recommends a heated and cooled storage unit to protect your temperature sensitive items. (including photos, paintings, antiques, electronics, wood, leather, etc.)
Here are some tips on how to properly store your photos:
- Keep photos stored at a moderate/cool temperature of 60-75 degrees fahrenheit.
- Try to store your photos in paper enclosures that are made from a high quality, non-acidic, lignin-free paper. (Try to avoid an envelope with a center seam, as the adhesive can damage the photo).
- If you do need to store photos in plastic, use uncoated pure polyethylene, polypropylene or polyester (also called Mylar D or Mellinex 516) protective sleeves.
- AVOID any type of PVC plastics (it will have that plastic-y or new car smell). Over time, these types of plastics can stick to your photos and damage them.
- Photo albums are a quick and decorative alternative for more short-term storage or if you like to look at your photographs often, but try not to stack any photos.
- NO FINGERPRINTS! Remember, it is best to always hold a photograph by its edges, supporting it from underneath with your hand. The oils in your fingers can really damage a photo!
- The safest (but most expensive) way to store photographs is to mat them in high quality ragboard or matboard. This method is excellent for photos that are to be framed and displayed, but can also be used for more long-term storage.
Another alternative is to digitize your photographs, whether it be to a SD card, flash drive, computer, etc. But just like reading a good book on a Kindle or an iPad, there is nothing better than the real thing in your hands!
Stop by any of the 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations for more information on storage units and how to properly store your beloved belongings and get a showing of the perfect storage unit for you!