There’s nothing more convenient than getting a portable storage container from A.B. Richards. Our products have all sorts of uses for businesses like retailers, wholesalers, restaurants and hotels and we can deliver portable storage units for residential uses as well. We take pride in having all of our storage containers cleaned and ready to use by the time we deliver them to you. But it’s important that you keep the container well maintained while you’re renting them.
A.B. Richards Helps Take Care of Your Storage Needs
One important thing to consider when storing anything is preventing mold and mildew growth inside the unit. Remember, the storage unit will be clean when you get it, but it’s also important to clean the items you store. There are several ways mold growth can occur in items that are commonly stored and A.B. Richards wants you to know how you can prevent this from happening so you can get the most out of our containers and take care of all of your storage needs.
The key culprit that causes mold to grow on personal items is moisture. According to the University of Missouri Extension, mildew is a thin black or sometimes white growth that’s produced by mold. The mold can grow on all types of substances that they can feed on, including fabrics like cotton, wool, rayon or linen. Mold also can grow on wood, paper and leather.
Tips for Ridding Your Storage Container of Moisture
Mold thrives in areas that aren’t well lit or has poor ventilation. And it very much thrives in areas that have high humidity. But there are ways to prevent mold and mildew from growing. First, it’s vital to keep everything clean. Wash and dry your clothes and linens before storing them. It’s also a good idea to keep clothing under wraps. Don’t place clothing on the floor of your unit.
Another important mold and mildew prevention technique is get rid of humidity. It’s smart to consider putting a dehumidifier inside the unit. Circulating the air will also help. If you can, hang clothes loosely so air will surround them.
You should also look into moisture absorbing products as a way to keep humidity down. The San Francisco Chronicle suggests using commercial products like silica gel packets. Other products might contain:
- Calcium Chloride
- Potassium Chloride
- Sodium chloride
Another substance that you can put into your portable storage container that helps absorb moisture is a charcoal briquette. Briquettes absorb water from the air but should be replaced every 30 to 60 days. Kitty litter can also be useful at absorbing moisture. Open a bag or bucket of kitty litter inside the storage unit and place it in the middle. The chemicals will not be harmful to the fabrics you’re storing.
A.B. Richards Portable Storage Units Are Clean and Sturdy
If you are looking at long term storage options, you need to take precautions to make sure you’re keeping moisture out of your storage unit that can lead to mold and mildew. You also want to have a clean, sturdy portable storage unit from A.B. Richards that will keep your items safe. We’ll also make it easy for you. There’s no need to go across town to a storage facility when you can have a portable storage container delivered to you! And A.B. Richards will also pick it up at no additional cost. Contact us today!