Vinyl is making a resurgence in popularity and some of your collection may be worth some serious dough – or it may be in the near future. If you are not sure where to store your surplus vinyl, we strongly recommend you put it in storage. No matter where you store it, follow these tips to make sure that you are handling it carefully and correctly.
If you have questions about renting a storage unit, contact Spaceman Storage at 562-696-3924. We are happy to answer your questions so you can find the right storage unit for your specific needs.
- Handle Your Records with Care
- Make Sure You Are Putting Your Records in the Appropriate Container
- Keep Records Away from Heat and Moisture
First and foremost, you should treat your records with extreme care. Before you touch them, wash and dry your hands. Only hold the record either by the labeled area or by the edge to prevent the record itself from suffering from wear and tear. If you have particularly valuable records, or you want to take extra precautions to keep them in good shape, wear microfiber gloves to prevent scratches or other types of damage.
You should never lay your records flat on a surface for any period of time. Do not stack them on top of each other. This pressure can damage the records on the bottom. Keep your records vertical and ensure there is a protective storage crate or case to put them in.
Keep them in their sleeves – remember that the sleeves are not just for artwork and background information, they are there to protect the records. If your record’s original sleeves are missing, torn, or otherwise damaged, you can buy cheap replacements that will help better protect your records.
Sleeves keep your records safe from dust, dirt, and debris, but they cannot protect them from heat and moisture. The ideal option is to keep your records as cool and dry as possible. Heat can warp them. Cold can make the records brittle and lead to cracking. You want your records at a consistent temperature, ideally between 65 and 75F. This will help reduce damage and keep them safe.
The most common places to store records in home – in the attic, basement, or garage – are actually the worst places to store them. Not only are these areas that are full of dust and dirt, not only are they prone to mold, but they have extreme temperatures and a lot of humidity. We strongly suggest you visit a self-storage location to learn about better alternatives. Feel free to contact Spaceman Storage at 562-696-3924 to learn more.