Mildew on my storage items


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Old 08-31-13, 06:51 PM
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Mildew on my storage items

I have a storage shed (non-conditioned space) that I am storing some household goods in. I built a closet and shelves to hold every thing. The problem is I have mildew on many of the items stored there, What can I do to keep from having a mildew problem?? There is no electric available at the shed.
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Old 09-01-13, 01:12 AM
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Under those conditions, probably very little. Mildew is a fungus and requires moisture (high relative humidity) to grow. Short of installing a heater or dehumidifier the only thing you can do is to try encapsulation and chemical driers. The "space bags" (I think that is a brand name) that allows you to place items in a plastic bag and then use a vacuum cleaner to suck out the majority of the air, along with some silica gel packets may help considerably.
 
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Any roof venting?
Is it an unsealed slab floor?
 
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Old 09-06-13, 05:29 AM
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Might have to look into chemicals. The roof is vented, soffits and ridge and open to the space below with a wood floor.
 
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What exactly are you storing? Desiccants (chemicals) will not work if the space is vented. You will need to enclose whatever you are storing in airtight bags with the desiccant.
 
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I have some antique clocks and furniture smalls that I am storing.
 
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Old 09-09-13, 11:58 PM
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The clocks you can seal in heavyweight trash bags, get the contractor 3 mil thickness ones even though they are probably 42 gallon size. Get some silica gel from a florist shop and add a quarter cup to a full cup to the bag and then seal it up tight.

For the furniture...I don't have any answers unless it can be broken down to fit into multiple bags. The alternative is a heated storage facility.
 
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Thanks for the replies..........................................................
 
 

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