Trust Containaway with your most valued possessions

Aug 05, 2013

Family heirlooms are passed down from generation to generation, providing an insight into the lives of our ancestors and a better understanding of where we come from. The true value of an heirloom is impossible to measure and those caring for heirlooms have a grave responsibility to protect them.

Just as mould, light, heat and pests are an heirloom’s biggest threat; Containaway can be its biggest ally. Our mobile self storage containers can protect your most precious pieces from environmental damage, ensuring you have access to them for generations to come. Made out of durable plywood, the containers allow the contents to “breathe”, reducing any build-up of mould and mildew. Once packed, our containers are kept in a clean and secure warehouse away from light and sun damage.

However, protecting heirlooms is not just about where you store them, but how you store them. All heirlooms need to be prepared and appropriately packaged to extend their longevity. While it always pays to seek expert advice on each heirloom piece, there are some basic rules which always apply.

Keep a record

There’s no point having a family heirloom if you don’t know the history behind it. Take the time to photograph each piece and journal its story. Describe the history and condition of each object; note who made, purchased, or used it; and what relevance it has to your family.

Check for pests

Holes in furniture and fabrics and tiny droppings are clear signs pests have gotten to your heirloom. If this is the case, seek professional help on removing the pests.

Don’t repair it

Superglue is not going to increase the value of your piece, nor is sticky taping a photo together or touching up a smudged painting. When it comes to fixing damaged heirlooms, amateur repairs can do more harm than good. Seek professional help on all repairs.

Clean before you store

Dirt and grime can wreak havoc on an heirloom over time. That’s why you should appropriately clean all heirlooms, including ceramics and metal. When it comes to clothing and fabrics, remove any pins and get them professionally dry cleaned by heirloom experts.

Get the right storage boxes

Chances are your family heirlooms contain several important papers such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, immigration documents and military discharge papers. Before storing these, remove staples and paperclips then invest in some acid-free folders or envelopes.

Remember, taking the time to prepare your heirloom and storing it with Containaway will ensure your ancestry never gets lost.