4 tips for preventing mould on furniture in storage

4 tips for preventing mould on furniture in storage

Storing your furniture in a storage unit can be a great way to free up valuable space in your home. However, if not done correctly, mould could grow on your stored items causing damage. Furniture items are particularly susceptible to mould growth because they can hold moisture and dust, which provide a perfect breeding ground for mould spores. Here are 4 tips for preventing mould on furniture in storage.

1. Clean the furniture before storage

It is important to spend some time on preparing the furniture items to ensure that your precious pieces aren’t damaged and that they come out of storage in the same condition as when they went in. Before storing your furniture, make sure it is free of any dirt, dust, and debris. Hoover and wipe down sofas and mattresses. Stains or stubborn marks can be spot treated with suitable stain removers. Always make sure that furniture items are dry before they go into storage. Wooden furniture can be dusted off and wiped down with a mild soapy solution.

2. Use desiccants

Desiccants attract and absorb moisture from the air. They are commonly used in packages to prevent mould growth. You can purchase the commonly used silica gel packets or activated charcoal to absorb the moisture from the air and avoid mould growth on your furniture. Simply place the desiccants in a container and put in a suitable location within the storage unit. Make sure that the container is airtight to prevent moisture from getting in.

3. Cover the furniture

Ensure that your furniture is properly packed, wrapped and covered to ensure its longevity, especially if you are considering long term storage. Use old sheets, blankets, plastic wrap or bubble wrap to cover the items and protect them from dust and moisture. Use a breathable cover that allows air to circulate. Take care not to wrap furniture with thick plastic covers that will seal in moisture. This can create condensation and results in swelling of the furniture so don’t wrap items too tight. A cotton or canvas cover will allow air to circulate, preventing dust from settling on the furniture.

4. Inspect the storage unit regularly

Finally, inspect your items on a regular basis to ensure that they remain in good condition. Check for any signs of damage and to see if all of the packing materials used are still effective. Open the covers and check for any signs of mould growth. If you find any, clean the furniture immediately and dry it thoroughly.

Mould growth on furniture can be a significant problem when storing furniture for a long period of time. Be sure to follow the above 4 tips for preventing mould on furniture in storage.

At Bigfoot Self Storage, we recognise and understand the importance of keeping your belongings safe and secure. If you are looking to store furniture items and valuable personal possessions, we can help. We offer secure indoor self storage rooms of all sizes. Get your quote from us today!

4 tips for preventing mould on furniture in storage
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