There are four eminent seasons in India. And this it is required that you store your off-season clothing properly to avoid any sort of damages by mold, mildew and insects. Make sure you wash and dry the garments before storing them. Avoid storing them in an airtight or plastic containers or bags. Rattan trunks would be a good choice for storing clothing since they allow the clothing to breathe well.
Here are a couple of effective and safe storage tips for storing your garments
- Rayon is to be stored flat. If the clothing needs to be hung, make sure you pad it with white tissue and cover with clean, white muslin.
- Linen products must be rolled. If you want to fold them, make sure you refold regularly to avoid the fabric from becoming creased, permanently. It is recommended to cover them with white muslin.
- Suede and leather products have to be stored in a cool and well ventilated closet. Garments made of suede or leather are best covered with washed, clean, white muslin.
- Silk and knitted garments also have to be stored flat. If you want to hang them, you need to pad them well with white tissue and then cover them with white and clean muslin.
- Garments that are made of metallic fabric must be rolled with tissue paper or white, clean muslin to separate each layer.
- Woolen garments have to be well cleaned, padded and wrapped in white tissue. You should always add mothballs to the wardrobe, trunk or any other storage area to prevent damage caused by moth.
- Fur garments should be stored in a dark, cool place. Cover them with white, clean muslin. However, when it comes to proper preservation of fur garments, it would be better to use professional cold storage.
- While storing garments, use of a drying agent (e.g. silica gel or calcium chloride) is highly recommended as this can absorb moisture and thus prevent damages from mildew. Don’t let the agent touch the garments directly.
- Tie pieces of chalks together and hang them from the ceiling or any other support post to reduce dampness in the closet.
- If the weather is dry and cold, make sure your chosen storage area is well ventilated.
- You should protect your garments from wood acid attack by protecting the dresser drawer with quilted fabric or an acid free shelf paper.
- Always clean the garments before they are being stored. Insects get attracted to the food, drink and perspiration.
- Linen, cotton, wool and silk are natural fibers. They must be stored in a well ventilated storage area.
- Don’t allow the mothball to touch the garments directly. Put them in a sock and then place them conveniently.
- Garments should always be kept loosely so they can breathe and air can be circulated. But you shouldn’t use starch or fabric finish on the garments that are to be stored for a longer period of time.
These are some of the best storage tips provided by one of the topnotch players of the Garments Industry in Bengal. You can surely make use of them to preserve your garments for years without any damage.