While approximately 13% of self storage unit renters keep their units for less than 3 months, nearly 30% of self storage unit renters keep their units for more than two years. The latter use their self storage unit specifically for long-term storage purposes, like keeping items that are not commonly used. If you fall into this group, you should be careful when storing your stuff in storage, as things can get musty or smelly quickly if you are not careful, especially your clothes. Here's 3 tips on how you can keep your clothes smelling fresh for when you plan on wearing them later.
Wash and Thoroughly Dry Clothes Before Storage
There's a good chance that the clothes you store in your self storage unit are not going to see the light of day for years after they get in there. It's easy to forget about specific clothes that you were planning on wearing in the future, and you might not want to make the trek out to your unit even when the time comes. With that said, it's crucial that you thoroughly wash and dry your clothes before putting them in storage. You want to get rid of any dirt, dust, or oil that has accumulated on the fabric.
Store Clothes in Airtight Containers
Once the clothes have been placed in storage, you don't want dirt and debris from the air circulating in the unit to find a home on your clothes. To prevent this from happening, store clothes in airtight containers. Airtight containers can also prevent mildew and mold from growing in the event that the inside of the unit experiences major temperature fluctuations.
Place a Sheet with Perfume Tucked in with the Clothes
If you want your clothes smelling absolutely fresh and wonderful even when it's been sitting in storage for some time, try tucking in a sheet of paper sprayed with perfume with the clothes. Over time, the perfume will diffuse into the fabric, giving it a wonderful fragrance.
Whenever you have time, take the clothes out to air them out. It'll prevent your clothes from smelling musty and dusty, which in return will keep your entire storage unit smelling better. If you neglect clothes stored in the storage unit for prolonged periods of time, the clothes will gradually leak a musty odor throughout the unit. It can be difficult to eliminate unwanted odors that have seeped into your entire unit at that time.
For more information, contact local professionals like Park Lanes Storage.