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How do I prevent mould on my VHS tapes?

VHS tapes are susceptible to mould growth if they are not stored properly. Here are some tips for storing VHS tapes to prevent mold:

  1. Keep tapes dry: Mould thrives in damp environments, so it’s important to keep tapes dry. Store tapes in a cool, dry place, away from humid areas, such as basements or attics. Avoid storing tapes in areas that are prone to leaks or flooding.
  2. Store tapes in a climate-controlled environment: Keep tapes stored in a room that is kept at a consistent temperature and humidity level. Avoid storing tapes in areas that are exposed to extreme temperatures or fluctuations in temperature and humidity.
  3. Use airtight containers: Use airtight containers to store tapes, such as plastic tubs with tight-fitting lids or sealable plastic bags. This will help keep out moisture and prevent mold growth.
  4. Keep tapes off the ground: Avoid storing tapes directly on the ground. Instead, place tapes on shelves or in containers that are elevated off the ground.
  5. Keep tapes in the dark: Light can cause tapes to degrade over time, so keep tapes stored in a dark place. Avoid storing tapes in areas that are exposed to direct sunlight or other sources of light.
Mouldy VHS tape

In summary, to prevent mould on VHS tapes, it’s important to store them in a cool, dry, and climate-controlled environment, using airtight containers, keeping them off the ground, in the dark, and regularly checking for mould growth. And make sure you get them transferred to a digital format as soon as possible!

If you have got mould growth on your tapes do not panic – it’s possible the mould is just on the edge of the tape surface and hasn’t covered the face of the tape. If this is the case we have a 100% success rate with transferring these tapes. If the mould has spread to the surface of the tape then it may have bind the tape together. This requires a lot of additional work and there is no guarantee your memories can be restored.