We are living in a digital age where people are continually taking pictures of every moment of their life. They might upload them on social media to share with friends and family around the country or world; however, people are still enjoying having those precious memories printed out in an old fashion photo.
If you are one of these people, you should try to preserve those memories for many years to come. The Omaha storage experts advise you to choose the correct storage unit and prevent any damage from occurring.
The history of photographs
Back in the day cameras were only accessible to professionals. It was not until George Eastman started the Kodak company in the 1880s that allowed the public to have access to cameras. The first Kodack camera was similar to the disposable camera we know today. People would take the camera back to the factory for the film to be developed. Thus, started the demands of people’s accessibility to cameras and holding onto those old photos.
Do’s and don’ts about storing photo.
Whether you have some old or new photos to store, make sure you take these proper precautions.
Don’t store photos in your basement or garage.
Choosing the correct storage location for your photos can ensure the life of your photos. Basements and garages are the worst locations to store photos because they do not have constant temperatures. The humidity in them can be high which can leave your photos exposed to damage.
Do store in a climate controlled storage unit.
When it comes to vintage or modern-day photos, it is important to store them in a climate controlled area.. Temperatures should be 75 degrees or cooler with low humidity for ideal storage.
The extreme temperatures can cause your photograph paper to become brittle and dry up. A hot summer's day could crumble those precious memories. Also, humidity can be quite troublesome for photos. If the humidity is too high, it can cause them cause photos to stick together or ink can start to run and fade.
Don’t use old albums.
Whether your photos are recent or old, it’s important to store them in proper containers. If you have any photos in old albums, you should remove them and replace them in an acid-free album book. Not doing so can damage your photos over time.
Also remove any glue, paper clips, tape or rubber bands that are holding your photos in place. Keeping them in place with these materials would result in stains developing.
Do use plastic sleeves.
If you don’t have an acid-free album then you should consider plastic sleeves. Placing each photo in individual sleeves can prevent the photos from sticking together or bleeding. Do not forget to store them in an acid-free cardboard or metal box.
When it comes to storing your important memories, make sure to keep them safe in an Omaha storage unit. At Lynch Storage, we have climate controlled storage units perfect for your photos and other delicate memorabilia. Check out our website to see all the available storage units you can reserve today!