How to Store Winter Clothes
Warm, err hot, weather has officially arrived in Scottsdale, which means it’s time to store your cold-weather gear. Since you likely won’t be using your coats, boots, and sweaters anytime soon, here are some easy tips to keep your winter gear mildew- and bug-free and ready for the next cold season.
1. Clean all your items before storage. Dry clean or launder all your coats and sweaters before storage because lingering oils like perfumes and deodorants can discolor fabric over time and food stains will attract bugs. Moths do not eat clothing unless it has food on it. They lay their eggs on the food left on the clothes and their babies eat the clothing fiber along with the food. Moths will find even minuscule invisible amounts of food. So cleaning your clothing prior to storage is the best way to keep moths away. Plus, no one likes musty-smelling clothes coming out of storage. Let one of Prestige Cleaners friendly customer services reps know you plan to store the items you’re getting cleaned and we’ll assure your items are properly prepped and ready for storage upon pickup. This includes making small repairs like replacing missing buttons.
2. Don’t store your clothing in dry cleaning bags, as this can yellow fabrics and trap moisture. Instead use breathable canvas or muslin garment bags and hang garments like coats on wooden hangers. For sweaters, knit items, and clothing made from natural fibers, don’t hang them, instead carefully fold and stack them with the heaviest ones on the bottom in closed containers that will keep out bugs and dust. Make sure any containers you use are clean and free of bug larvae. This is especially important if you’re using cardboard boxes, which should only be used as temporary storage, because they can attract insects and mice.
3. Use lavender sachets or cedar blocks. Mothballs contain insecticides to deter moths, but they can be harmful to children and pets. A more effective, and safer alternative––lavender sachets or simple cedar blocks.
4. Before storing your cold-weather boots and shoes, thoroughly clean them. For leather boots, first use a quality leather cleaner and then polish them. Next sprinkle a bit of baking soda in the boot and use a boot tree to keep the shape of the boot. Store in fabric bags in the box. Also, before storage, if you notice any needed repairs like new soles or new zippers, get the work done before stowing them away.
5. Store in a clean, cool, dry, and dark environment. First off, clean the area you’ll be using to store your items. Next, make sure the area isn’t exposed to heat or sunlight, which can cause fading and damage to your clothing. Also, make sure your storage area is dry because humidity will attract insects and mildew. And, last but not least, check in now and again to see how your clothes are doing and to make sure no bugs are feasting on your favorite sweater.