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We still want to print our photos to display in frames or to keep in a scrapbook sometimes–even if our photography habits have gone almost exclusively digital as a society over the last couple of decades. But even now, every family still has boxes of old black and white photos which are beginning to fade due to improper picture storage techniques.
It would be great to preserve these treasures for generations to come, but it’s not easy. Photos that have been improperly stored in shoeboxes, taped in scrapbooks, stored in hot and humid basements or attics could be in trouble. How can you protect these precious family photos and keepsakes for future generations moving forward, you ask? Self-storage provides a solution.
Below is a list of the top photo storage options available.
Store photos in “photograph safe” storage boxes which are specially designed to protect your photos while in storage. Do not store photographs in old shoeboxes or envelopes. These boxes can contain chemicals which over time will damage your photos. If you are placing loose photos in a box, always stick a piece of archival paper between the photos to prevent the photos from sticking together.
Photographs should be stored in acid free photo albums made with materials that pass an ANSI IT 9.16 Photographic Activity Test (PAT). Do not store photos in photo albums with sticky or magnetic pages. The chemicals in these albums can potentially yellow and fade the photographs over time. The sticky photo albums also can make the photographs tear when you are trying to remove them from the scrapbook. Also, do not put tape on the back of photos to put in photo album as this could also tear the photograph.
If you have a collection of old film negatives or slides, make sure that you properly clean these items before storage in an archival safe storage box.
Depending on the amount of home storage available, framed photos, photos albums and photo storage boxes can be displayed on shelves in the home. If there is not enough room, or you need to remove photos due to a home staging project, photos can be stored in a storage unit. Photos should be kept in a mild temperature and low humidity environment.
Climate controlled storage units are kept at a constant temperature, which is an ideal location to store photos. Photo albums should be stacked flat in a box with filler material added to the top. Properly seal the boxes with packaging tape and label the boxes with the contents.
If you properly store your photos either at your home or in a self-storage unit, you will be able to enjoy them and share with your family and friends for years to come. Taking these extra steps will help prevent damage, warping and fading of the photographs.
Storage World offers photo storage solutions in each of our Atlanta area storage locations. Stop by today to speak with our friendly professionals to learn more.