Job Taking You Overseas? 4 Steps to Keep Your Clothing Safe While in Storage

If your job is going to take you out of the country, you might not be able to take all your belongings with you. That's where full-service storage comes in handy. By renting a storage unit, you'll be able to keep your belongings safe until you return. When it comes to packing your clothing, you want to take a few safety precautions – especially if you want it to stay in pristine condition while in storage. Here are four steps you should take to prevent damage to your clothing.

Start With Clean Clothes

Before you start packing your clothing, you should make sure it's clean. Clothing that's clean will last longer in storage. Wash and dry all your clothing according to label instructions. Once your clothing is clean and dry, fold and place it in stacks according to type – pants, shirts, etc. Packing your clothing according to category will save time and space.

Protect Delicate Items

If you have delicate items that will need additional protection during storage, reach for the vacuum bags. Items like baby clothes, heirloom clothing items, etc., can be damaged if exposed to moisture. Vacuum sealing those items will protect them from the elements. Once you've sealed the clothing, place the bags into your storage bins.

Pass on the Cardboard Boxes

You may have plenty of cardboard boxes lying around, but don't use them to store your clothing. Mice and rats can chew through cardboard quite easily, which means your clothing won't be protected against rodent damage. To protect you clothing while it's in storage, be sure to use rigid plastic storage bins. These bins are also stackable – which will save space in your storage unit.

Add Some Cedar

You might have heard that placing moth balls in with your clothing will protect it from moths and others. While this is true, the moth balls will also leave your clothing with an unpleasant odor that will be difficult to get rid of – even with washing. To protect your clothing from pests and moisture – without the unpleasant odor – place cedar chips in the storage bins. The cedar chips will deter pests, and reduce moisture inside the bins. For maximum benefit, lay a sheet of tissue paper on top of your clothing, place several cedar chips on the tissue paper, and then seal the bin.

If you're going to be using long-term storage for your belongings, the tips provided above will protect your clothing from damage. Discover more here on full-service storage and its features.