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3 Secrets to Preserving Your Family Heirlooms

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As your family grows, heirlooms are passed down from generation to generation. They can be anything from first edition books to the wedding dress your great, great grandma wore. These items need to be treated very carefully and properly kept in a storage facility.

Storage centers can help keep your valuables well protected and free of any harm. They are gated, locked, and the only people who have access are those who are just as concerned about security as you are. Here are a few secrets to preserving your family heirlooms:                                                                                      

  1. Be sure to place all of your heirlooms in a place devoid of any type of light. It doesn't matter if the light is from the sun or fluorescent light bulbs, as they can both cause discoloring of paper and photographs. Having a closed storage box will help ensure that you avoid all light from entering and damaging your valuables.
  2. Cleanliness is another key factor in preserving your family’s heirlooms.  Make sure to clear out your storage unit of any pebbles, sharp objects, adhesives, and more.  If, for whatever reason, some kind of contaminant gets on your heirloom, then it has nothing but time to slowly sink in to the object and get comfortable.
  3. Heirlooms are very delicate objects that can get damaged very easily if not kept in a place with proper air conditioning. The air should be filtered and kept at a comfortable temperature: not too hot and not too cold. The air should also be free of any humidity; if water gets into contact with some items, then they can get damaged.

Chelsea Mini Storage is New York City's largest self storage center and provides storage to all of the surrounding areas. If you need to put away some valuables or need a place to store some extra stuff, we can serve you with our 1 million square foot facility. We even provide moving services if you need help bringing everything to your storage shed.