If you have an attic, chances are you also use it as storage for things you don’t use too often, like Christmas decorations and dozens of cardboard boxes.
But if it frees up space in your home, an expert has revealed that not only is it dangerous, but temperature fluctuations can also ruin some of your possessions.
HomeHow cleaning expert Joyce French outlined seven things you should never store in the attic.
Among the most popular items found in the attic are electronics — from old cassette players to vintage radios — your loft is bound to have at least a few.
However, although they may seem harmless, placing them in the attic is actually quite dangerous.
“Old electronics can still overheat in the attic,” Joyce explained.
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“The circuit can explode and ruin your object forever,” she added.
In order to prevent this from happening, it is best to keep beloved electronics in a cooler environment down below and bring older gadgets to a recycling center or even auction them online. .
When it comes to finding the perfect home for important documents, the attic is the worst because it often gets damp.
”Delicate items are not resistant to temperature fluctuations, and your important documents will start to fade, become damp, dusty or stick together over time.
Instead, the expert suggested investing in a storage cabinet with drawers and bringing it down to the ground floor.
GASTRONOMY AND WINE
While some associate the attic with piles of documents and boxes, others use the space to store food and wine.
During the summer and warmer months, your loft can reach extremely high temperatures – and the lack of ventilation doesn’t help either.
This, in turn, can cook your preserves.
“On top of that, inappropriate hot temperatures can spoil expensive wines.”
Joyce added: “Pests such as mice and rats thrive in a damp attic environment and can also contaminate and chew food.
“Instead, store perishables and wine in a cool, dry place so they can be safely consumed after a long period of time.”
For many, the new year started with home improvement projects, which often leave us with leftover paint cans.
But, according to the expert, oil-based paints can be dangerous because they heat up to higher temperatures.
“They’re highly flammable, so they should be kept in a temperature-controlled place, like a spare cabinet,” she recommended.
“Dramatic temperature swings can also break down latex paint, rendering it unusable.”
Although a classic, wooden furniture is not everyone’s cup of tea.
For those who don’t know what to do with the newly gifted antique chair, Joyce asked one thing – don’t put it in the attic.
”Wood is a valuable material – it can warp in humidity, crack in heat and develop mold in humid conditions.
“Wood also tends to attract woodworms, which can chew through wooden furniture.”
If you already know you won’t use it, find someone else who will – give it away, sell it, or gift it.
Our favorite time of year – Christmas – is long gone and it’s finally time to take down the baubles and fairy lights.
But if you were going to go up to the attic to put them away, you might want to rethink that.
“Delicate fabrics, painted items and special plastic ornaments can warp in the heat and are susceptible to damage in a humid environment, such as the attic,” the cleaning expert said.
“Instead, store holiday decorations in a large plastic box in a cool environment, like the garage.”
Among all its residents, cardboard boxes are the most common guests in the attic.
But, insisted Joyce, it’s time to reconsider, because pests like mice and insects are attracted to cardboard and glue.
This, in turn, will become their breeding ground.
“Cardboard boxes also tend to get damp and disintegrate over time, potentially damaging valuable items inside,” she added.
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