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  • Never store anything on top of the mattress. Heavy objects can damage the springs. Also, heavy objects create more wear to the exterior. To make the best use of space, place the mattress on top of other objects, like pallets or other flat-topped furniture items.

  • Clean your mattress by vacuuming, using cleaner, and air drying.

  • Wrap your mattress in a mattress storage bag or plastic.

  • Store your mattress flat and clear of items to protect the springs.

  • Store In a climate controlled unit for best results

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  • Climate-controlled storage spaces are better sealed and insulated from the outside world. In addition to maintaining temperature, these extra layers help keep out rodents and insects that can soil or damage your possessions. This will also help prevent any dirt, dust, and debris from tracking in.

Items that require or benefit from Climate Controlled Storage

  • Furniture (anything made of or containing wood, metal, wicker, leather, or upholstery)

  • Other items made out of the materials listed above

  • Electronics

  • Media (DVDs, videos, vinyl records, etc.)

  • Artwork

  • Clothing, particularly if it’s lace or leather, or if it’s going to be stored in bags

  • Important documents

  • Photographs

  • Musical instruments

  • Wine

  • Antiques

  • Collectibles (stamps, coins, comic books, etc.)

  • Medical supplies and medications

  • Makeup and toiletries

  • Household appliances

  • Sports equipment

  • Bicycles with leather seats

If you’re going to be storing your things in the unit for a long period of time like; several months, a year, or longer, then chances are the temperature outside is going to vary quite widely in that time frame. If you are storing your items somewhere that is already prone to high heat and humidity, then it’s best to mitigate those factors if you can. Outside elements have a way of getting inside of your unit, so you will almost definitely be exposing your belongings to moisture unless use a climate-controlled unit to protect them.

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  • Lumber stored vertically should be raised off the ground to prevent water damage, and be supported at the top and bottom to prevent bowing.

  • Store your lumber in a clean, cool, shaded and dry location. If you're storing wood in an area with high relative humidity—80 percent or more—be sure it's wrapped in material that is impermeable to vapor. This prevents the wood from absorbing significant amounts of moisture from the surrounding air.

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