It is vital for the overall lifespan of your WW2 relics to be stored and taken care of properly. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your memorabilia if you do not take care of them. To ensure that they do not get damaged or have their state changed, make sure that you follow the instructions below.
Storing your WW2 memorabilia properly is perhaps the most important thing that you have to remember. It may be tempting to just stick the memorabilia in a typical storage box or put it in a storage room, but that usually won’t suffice. You will have to ensure that no other outside element changes its properties.
When storing your WW2 relics, you should look for a room that doesn’t get too hot. A room that gets too hot can lead to the coating used for the finish of your memorabilia to start melting or start behaving in a different manner.
Make sure that you store your WW2 relics in an area where it doesn’t get very cold as well. Avoiding moisture is vital to the lifespan of your items especially if they are made of materials that tend to get damaged easily when moist.
For photos, make sure that they are stored in a room where not too much light can enter. There should be no exceptions to this rule. Even artificial light can increase the rate at which photographs and textiles deteriorate especially if they’re exposed to excessive light levels.
Keeping the storage area for your WW2 relics pest free can also guarantee that it doesn’t incur any damage from typical pests such as roaches. Insects that are attracted to paper are more likely to seek it especially with the material that they used during WW2.
Your collection can be of any material, but you can still extend their lifespan especially for viewing if you approach storage in the right manner. Sticking to the middle and actively avoiding the extremes of both ends of the spectrum can help with the prevention of external damages to your WW2 relics.
If you are going to display your WW2 relics, you should take proper care of them. Textiles should remain in a flat position without any folds whatsoever. Gravity will serve as the weight for the textile so any angle that doesn’t suit its usual formation will damage it in the long run.
Make sure that you put back your WW2 relics in their original state and avoid prolonging any altered state for them. Anything that can damage your memorabilia such as staples or pins should be removed immediately to prevent rust from forming.
Handling your memorabilia should be done with the correct material covering your hands. Cotton or nylon gloves are great if you are handling WW2 relics because you will be able to avoid altering their surface with any rough edges of leather gloves. If it isn’t necessary for the preservation, you shouldn’t clean your memorabilia if they aren’t too dirty.
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