Posts made in September, 2015

Special Considerations For Storing Artworks Or Antiques

When you have artwork or antiques, most of the time you have them on display or in use. However, there may come a time when you need to store them; perhaps you are remodeling the house and need to put them away to keep them safe during the work. You should not simply put these items in the basement or attic; they need special treatment to keep them in good condition. It is important you find a storage facility, such as Reliable Self Storage of Victorville, that offers the following conditions in the unit you will be renting.

Climate Control

When you are storing works of art or antiques, it is important that the climate of the storage unit to remains constant. The temperature should be kept as close to 70 degrees Fahrenheit as possible. In addition to the temperature, the humidity needs to be steady as well. They should be stored in a unit with a 55 percent humidity. This will keep paper, paint, wood, canvas and cloth from drying out and cracking. It will also keep metals from rusting.


Light can damage most materials. Any light fixtures inside the unit should be filtered to protect against UV rays. Go into the empty unit during the day and shut the door. If you notice any beams of light coming into the unit, you may want to ask for a different unit. If there are no units completely sealed from light rays, get some opaque caulk and plug the holes. This will ensure that you do not end up with a spot or streak on the piece that the ray fell on.

Pest Control

Even if your unit seems to be completely sealed from the elements and light, it does not mean that insects and other pests cannot find a way inside. The facility should have a pest control schedule in place to keep them away from the unit. In addition, you may want to consider putting traps or bait inside the unit. Do not spray harsh chemicals around your possessions as they can settle onto things and cause damage.

The conditions where you store your belongings is just as important as how they are packed and stacked. Do not assume that because you used soft, clean blankets or padded wrap and strong, wooden boxes your items will be safe. Pay attention to the storage facility as a whole and your unit in particular. When properly stored, you can be sure your things will be just the way they were when you packed them up, even if they are there for years. 

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3 Reasons You Need A Custom Engraving Business For Your Wedding Day

With your wedding day approaching, there are likely a lot of professionals and businesses that you likely have on your list of places to visit to obtain all of the things that you need for the big day. However, if you are like a lot of anticipating brides and grooms, a custom engraving business will not be one of them. If you want to make sure your wedding day is filled with all of those special details that make it all your own, there are three good reasons you should stop by a custom engraving shop.

Customize Bride and Groom Dinnerware

The table setting for the wedding party is the most special spot at the event and the dinnerware should reflect it in a way that everyone knows this setting’s importance. You can get plain plates, glasses, and silverware and take it to a custom engraver to have names or labels etched onto the glass. You may even want to have the date added to the dinnerware just to commemorate the occasion and the pieces can be proudly displayed in a curio cabinet for the many years to come.

Get Uniquely Engraved Wedding Bands

There is no easier way to make sure that the wedding bands you and your soon-to-be spouse exchange at the ceremony are special than by adding custom engraving. Many couples choose to have their bands engraved with their names or the date of their wedding at the jewelry store, but with a professional engraver who specializes in this trade, you may even have access to even more unique details to make the set of rings only yours. For example, you may have a special symbol or specific type of filigree that you would like to add.

Give Guests a Memorable Wedding Favor

Keychains, pens, and other wedding favors can be a great way to give your guests something they can keep to remind them of your special day. Make sure that the special day is always remembered by having your wedding favors engraved with a quote from your wedding invitations or your names. Even if you do not want to spring for custom engraving for all of the wedding favors, it is always a good idea to do something special for the wedding party to show your appreciation.

A wedding is all about taking ordinary items and making them fit into your idea of uniqueness. Talk to a custom engraving professional, like those at Apogee Signs, for even more ideas about how to do just that with the items you have included in your big day.

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