Storing precious artwork can be a job and a half in and of itself. Preparing your delicate and often vintage art for storage takes a lot of patience, using the right materials and wrapping, and of course, making sure you choose the right storage space. There’s a bunch of things you need to keep an eye on, when choosing storage space for your statues, and in this article, we’ll look at all of them.
First of all, why storage space?
Wondering why you should opt for a designated storage unit to keep your valuable statues? It’s easy. First of all, statues take up a lot of space inside your home, and depending on your property, you might not be able to afford that extra space.
A storage unit allows for a safe, dry environment that protects your statues, without costing you extra room in your home.
Tips to prepare your statues for storage
1. Clean up your art.
Cleaning should be non-negotiable for any item you’re looking to put into storage. Since that artwork might be there a long time, you don’t want it sitting around with grime all over it, do you?
We recommend using soft brushes and professional-approved solutions to remove dust and dirt from your statues. Whenever in doubt, it’s always best to consult a specialist on how a particular piece of art ought to be cleaned. Don’t take needless risks by using DIY or dubious cleaning products on your valuable art.
2. Pack it up properly.
Saran wrap seems like a great option for packing up your statues and valuable art, but in fact, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Unfortunately, saran wrap tends to trap moisture, which can then lead to the accumulation of mold on your statue.
Instead, you could use blankets, bubble wrap, and special tape to wrap your statue and ensure long-term protection. We also recommend using cardboard, or even hardwood storage boxes to protect valuable pieces from dust, dirt, or moisture.
3. Invest in security.
When choosing your storage unit, make sure you opt for one with improved security options, round-the-clock protection, and CCTV surveillance. You wouldn’t leave your precious art out on the street corner, so you also shouldn’t trust a poorly-secured storage unit provider.
4. Hire professional transport.
Okay, so you’ve safely wrapped your art, but does that mean you’re good to go? Well, not exactly. You also need to take extra care in transporting your statues, as they risk becoming damaged during transport.
Ideally, hire professional movers, since they are accustomed to handling delicate pieces, and make sure you inspect your statue upon arrival at the storage unit.
5. Insist on climate control.
Since statues are quite delicate when it comes to external environmental factors, it’s useful to choose a storage unit that offers climate control. This will allow you to better protect your statues and offer an environment that’s not too hot or cold, and avoids excessive moisture.
Make sure to regularly check on your stored statues, to make sure everything is as it should be.