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There is no great mystery about safe and effective storage but the Daisy Dry Cleaning and Laundry team felt we could offer some useful home storage tips below.
If you have the space, and take just a few simple safety measures, you can protect your valuable clothing investment for years to come.
So here are a few simple suggestions that will help to improve your odds at successful home storage of you’re off season wardrobe:
1. Clean your clothes before storing them.
The single most important precaution is to clean all your clothes before you put them away for the season. We understand that this advice may be hard to hear from your dry cleaner, but this fact is one of the more universally accepted notions in the fashion world.
2. Choose a suitable area for storage.
It should be:
- Well Ventilated
- Free of excessive moisture or humidity
- Free of large temperature fluctuations
- Free from direct sunlight or artificial light
- Free from dust
3. Don’t mix clean and unclean.
Never allow clothes that have not been cleaned to be stored in the same area with your cleaned garments – regardless of how little they have been worn.
4. Make the right choice between hanging and folded.
It is very simple to make the proper determination as to how the garment should spend its time in storage. Sturdy tight weaves do just fine on a hanger, and require very little maintenance when it is time to use them again. Most knits, especially the looser and thinner ones, should be folded (using an acid free tissue to soften the folds) to prevent distortion of the shape.
5. Remove all plastic bags from your clothing.
The plastic bags that Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry uses cover your clothing is intended as short term protection. Fabric needs to breathe; these bags can trap heat and humidity and contribute to the oxidization of stains, and general discoloration of fabrics. To protect the garments from having dust settle on them, simply throw a cotton sheet or large towel over the top of the rack to protect the fabrics from dust, while allowing them to breathe.
6. Avoid attics and basements.
This is a general rule, and while there may be exceptions, in most instances these areas do not have the same level of temperature and humidity control as the main living areas of the home and should be avoided.
7. Consider installing a cedar closet.
The best protection you can have provided you have the space to dedicate to your garment storage would be to convert a space to a cedar closet. Cedar has long been considered an ideal storage environment in the fight to stave off insect damage. While there are no guarantees, a well sealed and occasionally renewed cedar closet is a wonderful asset when it comes to home storage.
Are you short on space? Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry can help we offer you seasonal storage for those items that you are not using right now. Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry seasonal storage is like having your very own personal, spacious, secret closet. But when it comes to storing clothing, rugs, draperies and other fabrics, it’s not simply a question of space; the questions of how, where and under what conditions are the most important.
The conservators at the Metropolitan Museum’s Antonio Ratti Center are experts in the care and storage of textiles. According to their website, “…textiles are particularly vulnerable to air, light, dust, dirt, and repeated handling.” That is why in storing all fabrics from centuries gone by; they protect these items from those elements, while carefully monitoring the storage temperatures (68oF) and the relative humidity (55%) and taking extraordinary precautions to keep the items clean and pollutant free.
As fabric care experts, we’ve modeled our storage vault and protocols for the care of your fabrics, after the Museum’s. All your items are cleaned prior to storage, protected from light, dust and dirt by placement in acid free, Ph neutral storage boxes, and kept in our storage vault which is carefully monitored for controlled temperature, humidity and airflow.
The best part is when you’re ready to once again, ‘switch closets’, simply let us know and we’ll press and return your ready to wear garments and households! Of course, Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry pickup and delivery service is always available. So we are here if you need something.