It’s hard not to think about humidity in the middle of August. You literally feel it in the air. Humidity doesn’t feel good and you don’t want to let it go inside your home, because it can lead to mold appearing. During the summer you’re probably on the alert for keeping humidity out of your home.
A.B. Richards Will Help You Store Your Belongings Properly
But how often do you consider humidity when you’re storing your personal or business related items? At A.B. Richards we care about storing all of your belongings properly, which is why we give you sturdy, high quality portable storage container rentals. We provide you with clean and easily accessible units, and we want to make certain you make the most of the storage space. We don’t want to see your goods damaged by moisture and humidity, so we want to offer some tips on how to fight humidity while storing goods.
Cleaning and Organizing Prevents Mold
The biggest concern you have in dealing with humidity in your storage container is preventing the possibility of mold development. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to mold can cause allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory problems. The EPA says there’s no practical way to get rid of mold spores in the air, so the best method of attacking the problem is eliminating moisture and humidity.
Having access to a de-humidifier is one helpful way to eliminate mold. Running a fan can also help if humidity is high. If you do discover mold, the EPA also recommends cleaning mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent and thoroughly drying. You also want to make certain that any furnishings or building materials that you want to store that get damp, are cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 hours of finding the moisture.
Molds can grow anywhere including on wood, paper, and clothes. That’s why it’s important to stay organized and make certain that all of the items you put in storage are clean and dry.
Clothing can be particularly tricky and the website Classroom offers tips for reducing moisture on clothes. In addition to washing and drying things, they suggest misting garments with water-repellent spray and putting clothes in a plastic bin with a tight-fitting lid. Avoid storing items in cardboard boxes because moisture can get in. Placing silica crystal packets can also help. According to Classroom, they absorb up to 40 percent of their weight in moisture.
Charcoal briquettes can also help absorb moisture and odor, but note that they need to be replaced every 1 to 2 months. Fill a plastic bag with the briquettes and don’t use charcoal that’s been pre-soaked with lighter fluid.
A.B. Richards Can Help You Get the Most Out of Your Storage
At A.B. Richards, we want you to store your items safely and we can help you get the most out of your storage. That’s why we want to make sure you store your items properly. Then we’ll make things convenient for you. A.B. Richards will deliver one of our portable storage containers to wherever you need them, be it a home, office or work site. And we’ll come back and pick your container up when you’re done at no extra charge. Contact A.B. Richards today.