Photo Storage 101: Tips for Storing Print Photos


Before we all became smartphone photographers we used to print photos on paper. Those printed photos would be used to fill albums, frames and portraits, and help inspire nostalgic trips down memory lane for the whole family to enjoy. Unfortunately, many of these photos have been improperly stored in shoeboxes, scrapbooks and hot and humid basements or attics that help to ruin these family treasures. So how can you protect these precious family photos and keepsakes for future generations moving forward, you ask? Self-storage provides a solution that is simple, safe, effective and affordable.

Photos Stay Protected in Self Storage: Top Photo Storage Options

Photo Boxes

Store photos in “photograph safe” storage boxes which are specially designed to protect your photos while in storage. Do not store photographs in old shoeboxes or envelopes. These boxes can contain chemicals which over time will damage your photos. If you are placing loose photos in a box, always stick a piece of archival paper between the photos to prevent the photos from sticking together.

Photo Albums

Photographs should be stored in acid free photo storage boxes made with materials that pass an ANSI IT 9.16 Photographic Activity Test (PAT). Do not store photos in photo storage boxes with sticky or magnetic pages (or ones that are not acid free!). The chemicals in these albums can potentially yellow and fade the photographs over time. The sticky photo albums also can make the photographs tear when you are trying to remove them from the scrapbook. Also, do not put tape on the back of photos to put in photo album as this could also tear the photograph.

Where to Store Photos

Depending on the amount of home storage available, framed photos, photos albums and photo storage boxes can be displayed on shelves in the home. If there is not enough room, or you need to remove photos due to a home staging project, photos can be stored in a storage unit. Photos should be kept in a mild temperature and low humidity environment.

Climate controlled storage units are kept at a constant temperature, which is an ideal location to store photos. Photo albums should be stacked flat in a box with filler material added to the top. Properly seal the boxes with packaging tape and label the boxes with the contents.

If you properly store your photos either at your home or in a self-storage unit, you will be able to enjoy them and share with your family and friends for years to come. Taking these extra steps will help prevent damage, warping and fading of the photographs.

Canal Road Self Storage offers photo storage solutions in each of our Georgia area storage locations. Stop by today to speak with our friendly professionals to learn more.

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