Some people who have an attic leave them as they are and do nothing with them whilst other convert them into another room.
And for some, they use it as extra storage space for personal items and valuables – especially if they have limited space to store it elsewhere.
However rather than it being a safe place to put them, it can end up being hazardous due to the extreme temperature fluctuations in the attic meaning it can end up damaging certain belongings.
So in order to keep your items safe and free from harm, we spoke to Joyce French, a cleaning expert at HomeHow who outlines the seven items you should never store in the attic.
Got an old cassette player or Gameboy gathering dust in the attic?
Everyone has outdated electronics that they just can’t let go of however old electronics can still overheat in the attic.
The circuitry can blow and ruin your item forever. It’s best to keep beloved electronics in a cooler environment downstairs and take the old gadgets to a recycling centre or auction them online.
2. Important documents
The attic is one of the worst places to store papers because it can get too humid.
Delicate items just don’t hold up with temperature fluctuations, and your important documents will begin to fade, get damp, dusty or stick together as time goes on.
Although facing piles of old letters, certificates and booklets can be a daunting task, it is important to consider why you keep this information and whether you will ever look at it again. Invest in a storage drawer unit for documents you need and bring them downstairs.
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3. Food and wine
Your attic can reach temperatures high enough in the summer to cook your canned goods so foods that are safe enough to store away for a long time shouldn’t be kept in the attic.
As well as this, unsuitable warm temperatures can spoil expensive wines.
As if this wasn’t enough but you could find an even bigger problem with pests such as mice and rats as they tend to thrive in a humid attic environment.
As a result they will contaminate and chew through food items.
Instead, store perishables and wine in a cool, dry place so they are safe for consumption after a long term.
After home renovation, you may have leftover paint that is being stored in the attic. However, oil-based paints can heat up to hazardous, combustible levels if stored in a hot attic.
They are highly flammable, so should be kept in a temperature-controlled spot, like a spare cabinet. The dramatic temperature fluctuations can break down latex paint too, making it unusable.
5. Wooden furniture
Perhaps you’ve inherited antique wooden furniture, but it’s not quite your style?
Whatever the case may be, you should not store this in an attic as Wood is a precious material and can warp in the damp, crack in the heat as well as grow mould in humid conditions.
Wood also tends to attract woodworm which can eat away at wood furniture. When it comes to unwanted furniture, let someone else buy it, use it and love it instead of letting it decay in the attic.
6. Holiday Decorations
As many people take their Christmas decorations down, many people end up putting them back up in the attic where they shouldn’t be.
Delicate fabrics, items that are painted, and special plastic ornaments may warp in the heat and are prone to damage in a humid environment, like the attic.
Instead, store holiday decorations in a large plastic container box in a cool environment, such as the garage.
7. Cardboard boxes
If you’re storing cardboard boxes in your attic, it may be time to reconsider.
Pests like mice and bugs are attracted to cardboard and glue, feeding off it and making it their home for breeding.
Cardboard boxes also tend to become damp and disintegrate over time, potentially damaging the precious items inside.
Do you store any of these items in your attic?