There are items that require extra care whenever they need to be put away. Spindly furniture, glassware, books and precious items all easily sustain damage in the long term if stored incorrectly. As long as you pack them right and scrub away the dirt and dust, your items can be safely stored away without sustaining any damage over the long run. Just look through our guide to make sure that everything is protected the way it should be. Then store it with confidence.
On paper: Books, documents, paintings and photographs
Make sure to keep documents somewhere that protects them from dust, liquids, and light. A black matte plastic folder or briefcase is suitable for the purpose. Books are vulnerable to damp and heat, so make sure to wrap up the hardcovers and pack away the paperbacks in a watertight box, or at least wrap them up in cloth before storing. Paintings and photographs are light sensitive, and need to be wrapped before storage to avoid fading, tears, and scrapes.
Glass and porcelain
For best results, clean your fine glassware and porcelain before storage. If you have stains in fine china that are difficult to remove, try scrubbing away with some toothpaste which can help to whiten the surface. If you are stacking dishes, make sure to separate each layer with a sheet of cardboard or cloth. Put them away into a box that leaves no room for movement, to avoid shattering. Line the box with cloth or styrofoam.
There are several ways to protect your furniture when it is in storage. The method you use depends on which materials your furniture is made of. If you have velvet or cloth-covered furniture, best wrap it in plastic before storage to prevent any damage. Wrap chair and table legs in newspaper or cloth. Protect wooden surfaces with polish. Always clean furniture thoroughly before storing it away, as you do not want to discover mildew or what food scraps may attract later on. Take the furniture apart, whenever possible. During storage, it is best to raise your furniture off the floor on a pallet or shelf to avoid scrapes and other damage.
When it comes to storing your precious items, there are guidelines that must be followed in order to prevent damage. Always keep your jewels in separate compartments, as softer metals and stones may be scratched by harder ones. Do not keep any of your jewellery in plastic, especially pearls, as plastic emits vapors that damages them. Be very careful with temperature when you store natural gems. Many stones cannot tolerate the dry air in a safe deposit box, as it makes them crack. Some stones also cannot tolerate freezing temperatures or rapid changes in temperature. It is always best to have your jewels professionally cleaned.
Cameras and related equipment
Make sure to remove the batteries from your camera, and replace the battery terminal, to prevent leakage and short-circuiting. Avoid temperature fluctuations. Never keep a camera where it may be damaged by high temperatures, such as next to a heater. Plastic bags are also not a great idea for long-term storage. Keep silica gel next to your camera and equipment to get rid of any moisture, and remember to replace the bag of gel every 3-4 months as it loses its ability over time.