Storing Winter Clothes

A Guide to Storing Winter Clothes During the Summer

The beautiful season is coming! It’s time to make room for lighter clothes. But before handing over your coats, sweaters, and other wool jackets, a few precautions are necessary.

 

Please clean your clothes!

Make sure your clothes are clean. Soap, skin oil, antiperspirant traces, and dry cleaning products can acidify the fiber and damage it. For example, cotton will begin its decomposition process and turn yellow, while polyester will remain stained and give off a bad smell.

 

No to humidity

Moisture is the sworn enemy of textiles. When clothes become wet, fungi (or mold) form, attacking the fiber and breaking it down. These are detected by the presence of small black spots on the garment. They are harmful to health and difficult to eliminate.

 

Air and light

Put your clothes back in a well-ventilated room, with no temperature differences and no direct light. If your room is air-conditioned, the space under the bed is ideal for a few months’ storages. It sells long, flat boxes, specially designed for this purpose.

 

Oust the box!

The cardboard keeps the moisture. It can therefore damage your clothes. Use them only for short-term storage in a dry, airy area. Wrap your clothes on a white sheet (previously washed) so that the fibers do not come into contact with the cardboard. Avoid tissue paper, which also retains moisture.

 

Long live plastic

Polyurethane plastic boxes (PVC or Rubbermaid type) are ideal for storage. When it comes to your delicate clothes, wrap them in a cotton sheet.

 

Suspend

Ban plastic covers from the cleaner. They also retain moisture. Instead, use cotton covers to hang your clothes. Is there something? Make a cover with a pillowcase that you puncture in the middle of the end to let the hanger pass through. Or, wrap your clothes on a big sheet.

 

SOS moths

To keep moths away — those small butterflies that lodge in clothing and leave small holes after they pass — place a ball of cotton wool soaked in cedar, eucalyptus, or lavender essential oil in the boxes. Avoid mothballs; they are harmful to health.