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one Books and papers
In an unheated or uninsulated attic, it can be too damp during the cold season or during prolonged rainfall, and in hot weather, the temperature in the room under the roof rises to high levels. Such conditions have a bad effect on paper products: books, photographs, various documents. It’s better to take them out.
2 Delicate fabrics
Silk, wool, natural fabrics such as linen and cotton are often moth-infested. In addition, it is better not to store them in damp or too hot rooms. If you put away seasonal items in the attic, find a place for them in the house on the top shelves of the closet. By the way, leather jackets and raincoats, as well as fur products, are also better not to be stored in the attic, these materials need a cool place.
3 Wooden furniture
Often, furniture that is not needed at the moment is taken to the attic so that it waits there in the wings. Even more often, this furniture is broken or worn out. If you plan to renovate or put it up for sale, it is better not to store wooden furnishings in the attic. Possible dampness, roof leaks (which happens in old cottages) can cause mold to appear on the tree. High temperatures for natural material are also contraindicated.
four Food supplies
If you store crops, stocks of cereals in the attic, then they can attract pests: insects and rodents. Not only stocks will be spoiled, pests will have to be driven out, and this takes time and effort. In addition, under conditions of humidity and temperature changes, products may deteriorate. It is better to store them in the kitchen in dry cabinets or in the pantry.
When the attic is the only possible place to store supplies, you can try packing food in airtight plastic boxes. This will potentially protect them from pests.
5 canned food
Turning the attic into a pantry for storing canned goods (bought or made by yourself) is not a good idea. Temperature fluctuations can damage jars. Preservation should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place.
The reasons why it is not recommended to store household appliances and electronics in the attic are the same heat and humidity. But there is another argument against — rodents can gnaw on the wires. Technology will fall into disrepair.
7 fire extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are not recommended to be stored at temperatures above 50 degrees. In summer, when there is a lot of sun, the temperature under the roof can go off scale.
eight Everything that ignites
Gasoline, turpentine, household chemicals and other substances that have flammable properties should not be stored in the attic if the temperature is high. And also keep in mind that they cannot be placed in rooms where there are stoves, gas water heaters and any source of gas and open fire.
9 Paints and enamels
For storage of paints and varnishes, a dry, covered and unheated room is recommended. And, it would seem, the attic is quite suitable. But in the summer it can be too hot under the roof, and if the roof is also leaking, it can damage the materials — if the cans are not closed tightly, and water will get inside.
ten Carton boxes
Cardboard and glue are very attractive to pests. So it’s not worth the risk. For storage in the attic, it is better to choose plastic boxes.