There is no question that you want to keep your vinyl collection in the best possible condition, considering all of the time and money put into curating your collection. Sometimes it becomes necessary to store the vinyl record collection in a storage unit, especially if you are short on home storage – vinyl takes up a lot of space! However, your collection can quickly become damaged due to heat and moisture if proper precautions are not put into place.
Here are some things you need to do to ensure that your vinyl records stay protected and in their best condition while in storage:
- Store Them in Airtight Containers. This will offer maximum protection of your records while they are in storage. Alternatively, wrap your records in industrial plastic wrap for a similar effect.
- Keep Records off the Ground. Use pallets to keep your records off the ground. This will keep them away from dampness and the moisture that can quickly ruin your records and their artwork. This will also ensure that your records don’t get damaged in the event of snow or rain seeping under the door. This is extremely important if they are not kept in a container.
- Store Away from Heat and Moisture. Heat and excess moisture will quickly warp your records; store them in the back of the storage unit to ensure that they will be out of direct sunlight, especially if you tend to visit your storage unit frequently and you access it from outside. One of the best possible ways to do this is to ensure that your storage unit is climate controlled. A cool and dry climate is best.
- Protect the Records from Dust. Simply keep them in their cardboard album covers, or consider purchasing plastic sleeves (acid-free) for additional protection of your records. Ensure that the covers are clean before you put the record into it. This is one of the most affordable ways to keep your records safe!
- Double Wrap in the Winter Months. Vinyl records do not do well in the cold; if the storage unit is not climate controlled, double wrap your record collection in the winter with a blanket or two.
- Store the Records Vertically. Keep them upright as if they were books on a shelf. This is the safest position for all of your records. Similarly, never stack them on top of each other or cram the records together.
Taking several precautionary measures before putting your vinyl record collection into a storage will go a long way in keeping them in pristine condition.