Care of Your Old VHS Tape

To help your VHS tapes last as long as possible, the experts recommend the following:

  • Store VHS tapes between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 to 60 percent humidity. If you are comfortable, probably your tapes are.
  • Avoid sudden temperature changes, even within these recommended zones. Neither cold, damp basements nor hot, dusty attics are good choices for storing your tapes.
  • Be especially careful of condensation – allow at least 24 hours before using when you change the temperature or humidity of your VHS tape.
  • Keep the  VHS tapes evenly wound and always rewind them fully. If the tape looks uneven, wind it again. If possible, rewind at slower speeds.
  • Store VHS tapes upright as you would books and keep them in their original cases. You can buy plastic cases to store them in but even the cardboard cases do a good job of keeping the dust away.
  • Put the labels on correctly, where they belong and do not add labels on top of labels. They can interfere with cassette loading and possibly come off inside your VCR.
  • Exercise your tapes once every three years by rewinding or forwarding them.
  • Avoid magnetic fields – the field around any magnet. Your tapes can be erased so do not store them near speakers, motors, toys or other magnetic sources.
  • Transfer your footage every seven years. That helps prevent the images and sounds from fading away.
About Erik Dansereau 206 Articles
My father, Richard opened His video store, Deluxe Video, when I was five and operated it for 29 years before closing it's doors. Throughout my childhood I spent alot of time at Deluxe Video and watched an obscene amount of movies.Every genre and any obscure title you can possibly think of. I have a passion for film and hope to continue the Deluxe video brand though this blog by providing you with high quality content

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