Self Storage for Various Types of Media

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cds-dvdsMedia is often used as a general term for such things as computer software, VCR tapes, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, 8-track tapes and audio cassettes. Although some of these are no longer mass produced or they are only made in very limited supplies, there are still those people that have older collections that they want to preserve. Keeping unused media, especially vinyl record collections, can infringe on the person's living space. Stowing the box out of the way in an attic or basement could permanently damage the various types of media and make them useless and worthless. Instead, they should be moved to a self storage unit somewhere close to the home so that they can be checked on or accessed periodically.

Of utmost importance when storing various types of media is that the self storage unit is one that has a controlled climate so that the interior temperature does not get extremely cold or extremely hot. Depending on the region where the storage facility is located, this might involve the use of a heat system, air conditioning system, or even both if the winters are cold and the summers are hot. In addition, if the region is rather humid or the storage unit is located below ground, there may be a dehumidifier that keeps the air moisture under control so that mold and mildew are less likely to be a problem.

Since placing these items in a self storage unit most likely means that they will not be used for a while, it is best to clean them according to the manufacturer's instructions. They should also be completely dry before they are packed up to be put into the self storage unit. For example, it is best to use a clean, soft cloth to wipe the surface of vinyl records starting at the center and following the grooves to the outer edge.

Aside from the vinyl records, the best way to pack the various types of media is in the same way that they were packaged when purchased. If the special case that the media was in has been lost or broken, replacement cases can usually be purchased from any type of store that specializes in that type of media. For vinyl records, it is often recommended that they be removed from their thin cardboard cover and placed upright beside the cover in a crate or box. Separating the cover from the record prevents the cover from splitting at the seam which might cause the record to fall out and break on the floor.