Guest Blog: Antique Storage Tips and Guidelines

By Grace Bailey, Guest Blogger

Due to their age, antiques are known to be delicate, breakable and also unique. They should always be treated carefully, especially when they are being stored or packed during a move. As true testaments to man’s creation, they are little pieces of history carried down the years from our ancestors. A good storage unit is ideal for keeping these possessions safe; offering them a good and clean environment. The following list aims to help you give your antiques the best capable packing, storage and transport hints so you can save them from harm:

Special steps need to be taken when putting antique items into storage. (Photo courtesy of Grace Bailey)

  • Wrapping your antiques means you have to ensure you are using products with no dangerous chemicals present within. Tissue papers sometimes contain acids damaging to collectibles, so the utmost care has to be taken when dealing with them.
  • Your antique furniture must be covered with a layer of cloth or bubble wrap to prevent damage from impacts. It should also be stored separately from other items to prevent rubbing or pressure. Antiques are sensitive and should be treated appropriately.
  • Each of your items should receive special treatment before storing it, such as wood conditioner, leather conditioner and so on to prevent damage from the ravages of time.
  • Heavy antiques should be carefully disassembled to prevent the stress of storage. All parts should be wrapped separately, while keeping them close by to help identification when you need to rebuild them.
  • Fragile and breakable antiques such as fine ceramics should be stored in hard boxes made of plastic rather than cardboard ones. With sufficient padding they offer a lot more in terms of impact protection.
  • Quilts and textiles should be carefully stored in a flat position. This will serve in preventing the stress of folding. Covering them with a sheet of cotton will also keep them safe from dust. Clothes that have to be folded should be laid down with tissue paper with no acidic content so it will serve as a buffer.
  • Framed paintings and fine art should be wrapped in glassine paper. This will make them more resistant to grease, air and water damage. That layer should be followed with a clear plastic of the cling-wrap type. A big and sturdy piece of cardboard should then be placed on each side of the art, followed by packing foam to increase its survivability.
  • Silverware antiques must be stored in wooden chests to delay tarnishing. This will limit the amount of air coming in contact with the metals, slowing down the oxidation process. A small chest with separate compartments will be an ideal choice for sets, but if you don’t have these you can instead roll them in a piece of soft cloth made of cotton so you can minimize scratching.
  • It is imperative to have a dehumidifier present in your storage location at all times if it’s not properly air-conditioned. Humidity can be truly devastating for a great number of antiques, ranging from texts to furniture and more. High humidity areas around the world should take special care to follow this step as water can corrode almost anything given enough time.

 

Grace is an expert in the field of relocation, working on a behalf of  SW19 moving  firm London.

This is a guest post. The thoughts and ideas expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of USstoragesearch.com.

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