Compact disks and digital music may have you thinking vinyl records are an ancient thing of the past, but think again! Whether nostalgia, a desire for an intimate sound, or your collection of choice, grandparents and millennials alike cannot get enough of vinyl records. If you are packing to move to your new home or your collection has become unruly, it is important to know how to properly pack and store your records. In honor of national record store day on April 16, here are some essential tips to keep your precious collection safe and sound… literally!
Packing Your Vinyl Records
Before you handle any albums or records, it is important to wash and dry your hands thoroughly and make sure they are free of lotion or oil– this could damage your collection.
1. Use a small moving box to perfectly pack and store your vinyl records to last a lifetime. The correct size and square shape are ideal because the corners of the records can lay flat. If the corners cannot lay flat and are not supported well, the records will begin to reshape themselves under their own weight.
2. Next, you need to reinforce the small cardboard box to make it record ready. First, seal the box with clear moving tape on any seam where dust could enter and ruin your records. Make sure to label which side is up on your moving box.
3. Vinyl records should be stored vertically and organized by size– different sizes should not be placed together. There is a delicate balance when deciding how many records should be placed in a single moving box. The objective is to create an environment where they can sit upright and on their edges without pressure and overcrowding. Your records should be tight enough so they do not lean against each other, but not too tight to where you cannot pull one out. Loosely packed vinyl that lean begin to warp over time and become damaged.
4. Use Enviro-Bubble® to line the sides of the boxes to provide extra protection and absorption against any bumps or shocks en route.
Storing Your Vinyl Records
Vinyl is mature technology that can cost lots of money to replace– that is why it is essential to store them right to preserve your collection. Moisture, mildew, mold, and heat are a records kryptonite, that can cause damage to both its value and ability to play. Climate controlled storage is the best option for storing because it keeps the temperature and humidity levels constant, ranging from 65 to 85 degrees. When transporting your vinyl, move in the passenger cab of your moving truck or climate-controlled conditions, and avoid direct sunlight.