Mothballs Need Not Apply

By Storbox Self-Storage on October 12, 2011 - Comments off

Storing seasonal clothes, drapes, upholstered furniture, or other fabric products is not something you look forward to, not because they may have sentimental value, but because protecting these items from moisture, mildew, and moths traditionally means retaining the services of chemically pungent mothballs. Though they do work, many people prefer not to imbue their cherished possessions with a strong scent of naphthalene and/or paradichlorobenzene sublimate. So what can you use to keep your belongings safe but without the “old lady” smell?

Be Clean

Before storing anything, make sure it has been cleaned or laundered and that it is completely dry. Cleanliness also goes for the storage space itself. A dark and dank storage space is very inviting to mold and mildew.

Be Dry

Moisture brings mildew, so you want to keep your storage space dry. Storing your belongings in a cool or air-conditioned space will help keep the moisture level down. You can also include some silica gel packets in clothes pockets, in between couch cushions, or anywhere else with fabric.

Be Repellent

Repelling unwanted insects from your fabric buffet does not have to involve chemicals. The best “natural” mothball you can use is cedar. It is naturally moisture-resistant and has a strong aroma that is offensive to insects but pleasant to humans. You can also add sachets of lavender and/or rosemary in addition to the cedar, which can be in the form of blocks, balls, hang-up planks, and even sachets.

Storage without the Hassle

Although it is always best to include extra protection, such as cedar, for your belongings, a clean and well-maintained storage space can make the storing of your items stressfree. At our STORBOX Pasadena self-storage facility, we offer a number of different storage space options, including climate-control. Our experienced and friendly staff can help you find the storage space to fit your exact needs, as well as give you advice on the best way to store your items. For worry-free storage, call us today at (626) 793-9888. You can also visit our STORBOX Self Storage Facebook page for more useful information and other topics of interest.

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