How to Properly Store Your Photos

How to Properly Store Your Photos

All photos, negatives and slides are created using chemicals and chemical development processes that are sensitive to light, moisture and changes in temperature. If you've had your photos stored in your attic or basement, you are most likely increasing the rate at which your priceless memories are fading! The following tips can be helpful to reduce the rate of degradation.

  • Store your items in a cool, dry place. Cool temperatures will slow the rate of chemical decay in your items and reduce fading and discoloration.
  • Keep your photos in a low humidity environment, below 65%. This will prevent mold growth and reduce insect activity. You can use a household humidity monitor to evaluate your home storage.
  • Avoid extremely low humidity, around 15%, to ensure your items do not become too dry and brittle. 
  • Do not store your items in attics, basements, or garages. 
  • Whenever possible, do not store your items in boxes directly on floors or anywhere near a source of a possible leak or flood. 
  • Use acid-free boxes and archival sleeves for storing your items. 
  • Avoid layering your photos together in albums as they may stick together. 

With Keep Case’s photo scanning service, you'll receive two versions of every original photo, negative and slide you send us. This will ensure that you not only have easily shareable digital files to post online or send in email, but professional quality digital files suitable for photo prints and enlargement. Although no preservation method will last forever, moving to the latest format is the best way to ensure you are able to share and enjoy your photos and videos, and documents for years to come.

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