What is the best way to store cassette tapes?

What is the best way to store cassette tapes featured

Proper Cassette Tape Storage: A Guide

If you were born in the 80s or earlier, chances are you have a few cassette tapes lying around. As we all know, these tapes are susceptible to damage over time, and their audio quality can degrade if not properly stored. In this article, we’ll go over the best way to store cassette tapes to ensure they remain playable for years to come.

Keep Them Upright

The best position to store cassette tapes in is upright. This means the tape should be standing up vertically with the spine facing out. Keeping them in this position prevents the tape from becoming unevenly wound which can cause it to stretch or snap. It also helps prevent the tape from developing a “curl” which can cause it to come off the cassette spools. Additionally, storing them upright takes up less room and makes it easier to access and organize your cassette collection.

Control the Temperature and Humidity

Temperature and humidity can do serious damage to your cassette tapes. High temperatures and humidity can cause the tape to become brittle and breakable, while low humidity can cause the tape to dry out and become fragile. The ideal range for storing cassette tapes is between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity level of 40-60%. If you don’t have a controlled climate in your storage area, consider adding a dehumidifier or keeping them in a cool, dry place like a closet.

Keep Them Clean

One of the most important things you can do to extend the life of your cassette tapes is to keep them clean. Dirt, dust, and grease can accumulate on the tape and degrade the audio quality. To clean your tapes, use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe down the cassette shell and magnetic tape surface. Avoid using water or any cleaning solutions as they can damage the tape.

Avoid Sunlight

Sunlight can cause the colors on the cassette shell to fade and the plastic to become brittle. It can also warp the tape and damage the audio quality. To avoid this, keep your cassette tapes out of direct sunlight. If you need to access them in a room with windows, store them in a box or cabinet out of the sun’s rays.

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