How to Properly Store Collectable Items

by Dusty Rhodes on Mar 03, 2017  in 
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When you think of the word collectibles, you might think of a bunch of random items that you do not know what to do with that ultimately end of collecting endless amounts of dust. This, at times, can be somewhat accurate; however, we are referring to collectibles as the item or group of items you wish to hold on to because they have some sentimental or emotional value to you. If you own these types of items, you will want to find ways to properly store them that will keep them from getting scratched or damaged over a long period of time. Read ahead to see how to keep your collectibles protected and safe when storing them away.

Proper Cleaning Techniques- Before you store collectible items, it might be a good idea to clean them. It is important to remember to only clean your items when it is absolutely necessary because cleaning them too often may end up doing more harm than good. Some things that can effectively clean most collectible items are cotton swabs, soft brushes, or distilled water.

Darker Areas are Better- Areas with a lot of light can do more harm than good to many types of items you may collect, especially items made of wood, paper, and textiles. Try to store collectibles in an area that can provide large amounts of darkness. Darker areas will help protect your items from potential chemical reactions, such as those that cause your items to fade or dry out over time.

Not too Hot, Not too Cold- The old saying goes, “Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.”  This can hold true when it comes to storing your collectible items as well. When it comes to the proper temperature for storing collectibles, try to avoid any extreme variations that could come when you choose to use attics or garages for storage. A good temperature range to keep in mind is anywhere between sixty-two and sixty-five degrees. A climate controlled storage option is well worth consideration when it comes to making sure your collectible items are kept at a safe temperature.

Over Handling is a Bad Idea- Another effective way to keep your collectibles in good condition is to try and avoid over handling. Perspiration from your skin will remain on items and too much perspiration can cause long-term damage. Ultimately, this could decrease the value of your collectibles. It is a good idea to keep a pair of gloves at your disposal when you must handle the items you are collecting.

Whether your collectibles are passed down in your family from generation to generation or they are something you found yourself, you want to make sure they are in good, favorable condition for as long as possible. We hope that the above SMARTBOX tips was helpful to you for storing your precious collectible away. If you would like more information about our company, please contact us at 1-877-627-8269 or continue to browse through our website.

Dusty Rhodes