Below is a list of items that can perish over time when not being used
- Elastic:- Found in webbing in sofas and chairs – Clothing items particularly underwear – Fitted Sheets – Bandages – Hair Bands
- Electrical Appliances:- Especially anything with a heating element, printed circuit board or drive belt.
- Foam linings or filters:-As in Ski Goggles – Some Vacuum Cleaners
- Plastics:-Some soft plastics go sticky and some hard plastics go brittle.
- Rubber:- Seals on washing machines etc – Rubber Bands – erasers
- Leather Goods: Leather items need cleaning and conditioning on a regular basic and can go stiff when not taken care of and also mouldy if not stored properly
- Photographic Gear:- If not stored properly mould can grow and eat into camera lenses leaving permanent scars. Films will perish and colour slides and photos can loose their colour and clarity over time.
- First Aid Supplies & Medications: Medications and ointments go out of date and bandages perish – Eye Droppers (rubber)
- Drive belts: Both times my clothes drier has gone into storage the drive belt froze into a D shape and made an awful clonking noise and had to be replaced
- Glue: Items that are glued together such as shoes
- Pens: The ink dries up and/or the ball gets stiff and scratchy
- Batteries: Remember to remove batteries from toys and gadgets if they aren’t being used as the batteries can ooze acid and ruin the item.
- Food: This one is a no-brainer
- Wine: some are meant to be stored some aren’t.
- Make-up: The oils in them can go rancid and smell bad.
- Textiles: Clothing and other items made from wool may become moth eaten if not stored properly. (Submitted by Willow @ willowscottage.blogspot.com )
If after reading his list there is something that you feels needs adding please contact me and I will be pleased to include it in this page.