Protect your investment by having your furs cleaned and glazed at least once a year. We highly recommend their cold storage service for the summer months, to prevent the skin dehydration and eventual hair loss caused by heat and humidity.
Save closet space and avoid insect and moisture damage to your out-of-season clothing by storing them with us. Your clothing will be cleaned, and kept in our safe and dry storage facilities until you are ready to wear them again.
General Garment Storage Tips
For long-term storage, dry clean first to keep moths at bay. This removes the body oils they're attracted to. Storing a garment without cleaning it first is an invitation for permanent damage by dirt, debris, and insects?
Store out-of-season hanging clothes in cloth bags.
All types of wool can be folded and stored with fresh cedar or mothballs. Be sure that the storage bags, boxes, or cedar chests used are kept in a dry place. Wovens can also be hung in a moth-proofed closet.
Short-Term Storage of Garments
Short term storage is for clothes that are worn frequently. Proper handling can extend the life of the apparel and reduce the number of needed launderings and dry cleanings. Make the best possible use of existing storage space by installing shelving and accessories to add more functionality to your storage areas. Give garments a chance to air overnight before storing in a closet or drawer. This allows excess moisture trapped in the clothes a chance to evaporate and will also reduce wrinkling.
Try to allow all wearable items, including footwear, at least one day rest between wearings.
Use a brush to lightly whisk winter clothes and outerwear, especially woolen items, after each wearing and in between cleanings. This will help keep them fresher for a longer period of time.
Remove all jewelry, such as pins, from all clothing, and check all pockets before storing. Leaving items on the apparel or in pockets can create a drag on the garment and cause fabric distortion. Always secure at least the top fastener on each garment to help maintain the item's original shape and prevent further distortion.
After wearing clothes and before storing, determine the need for laundering or dry cleaning. Remove all spots and stains and launder or dry clean as soon as possible. Delays can make stains more difficult to remove, or may even cause stains to become permanent.
Store frequently worn items in the most accessible places within the storage area.
To make accessorizing more convenient, store items such as jewelry, belts, and scarves in one place.
Keep storage area away from heat and light. Exposure to direct sunlight and artificial light can cause some dyes to fade.
Make sure clothing is completely dry before storing. Moisture can cause mildew to form.
Clean out storage area at least once a year, and allow closets and drawers to air out.
Storing Seasonal Garments
Seasonal storage is for winter or summer clothing during the off season. After every season, it's time to put away the past seasons clothes and shift into the next season's wardrobe.
Garments should be cleaned before storage. Many foods and beverages leave yellow stains behind as they age. Stains can also attract insects that may damage the fabric while feeding on the stain.
Either launder or dry clean all clothing prior to storage. Use only appropriate laundry detergents for washing. Avoid using soap, chlorine bleach, starch, garment sizing, or fabric softeners. Rinse all washed garments thoroughly. If some items require the use of a fabric softener before wearing again, wait until the garments are unpacked at the end of seasonal storage. You can put them through a rinse or dry cycle with the added fabric softener prior to returning the items to use.
Avoid storage space where garments can be exposed to potential problems, like the heat of an attic, moisture of a basement, or the grease and fumes of a garage. Any storage area should be cleaned and vacuumed before storing clothes.
Do not allow the stored items exposure to sunlight or artificial light, which can cause some dyes to fade or yellow.
Do not use plastic bags for storing clothes. The plastic prevents air circulation, and allows moisture to collect, and mildew may form. Canvas garment bags with cedar tops and bottoms provide great storage protection. These bags are available in a variety of sizes for both hanging and flat storage items.
It's important to allow all fabrics to breathe. Use packing material that also breathes, like white tissue paper or clean sheets/pillow cases.
Suitcases make great temporary storage containers. By placing folded items inside pillowcases or sheets, they can be easily removed when the suitcases are needed for travel.
For flat storage, fold as little as necessary, and fold on seams as much as possible. Don't overstuff your storage container.
If storage space at home is insufficient, talk to your local dry cleaner. Some companies offer seasonal garment storage.
The best way to avoid moth or insect damage is to store cleaned items in a clean, well ventilated area. If using moth balls or moth crystals, suspend them in a mesh bag from the top of the storage container, and allow the fumes to filter downward. Never allow the clothes to touch the bag of moth balls. Be sure to carefully read and follow the product instructions on the moth balls or crystals. Avoid inhaling the vapors, which may be toxic to humans.
When items are removed from storage, air out the clothes thoroughly before returning them to you closet or drawers.
Often unwanted wrinkles can easily be removed from stored items made from wool, wool blends, or specialty hair fibers, by hanging them in the bathroom and allowing the steam from a shower to relax the wrinkles. After steaming, allow the items to hang overnight. Any unwanted creases that remain can be gently pressed out.
Long-Term Storage of Garments
Long-term storage can be used for heirloom/keepsake garments or for clothes in which the time in between wearings can range from one year to several years in length. Some examples of these items include: wedding dresses, maternity clothes, baby clothes, holiday garments, and costumes.
Garments should be completely cleaned (laundered or dry cleaned) before storing. Use only appropriate laundry detergents for washing. Avoid using soap, chlorine bleach, starch, garment sizing, or fabric softeners. Rinse all washed garments thoroughly.
Carefully select the method of storing (hanging or flat). Use Only Acid-Free and Archival-Safe Packing Materials for storing these items. Acid-free boxes and tissue paper can be purchased from office supply stores, Internet resources, and dry cleaners that specialize in the cleaning and preserving of heirloom fabrics.
Wrap the fabrics in the Acid-Free Tissue Before Folding. The tissue paper cushions the fabric and helps to guard against sharp creases, which can break and damage individual fibers of the fabric. Bodices or other curved areas of a garment should be stuffed with acid-free tissue paper. Heirlooms and keepsakes should be stored by themselves, not with other garments.
Carefully select the storage container that will provide the garments inside with the best protection. Lightweight plastic boxes that are sturdy, waterproof, and vented is a good choice for garments made from fibers, other than wool, wool blends, and specialty hair fibers.
Store woolen items in a tightly sealed cedar chest or cedar enclosed trunk in which the cedar is at least 3/4" (2 cm) thick.
Line the chest with a clean white sheet that has been laundered several times to totally rid the fabric of all chlorine bleach, soap and detergent residue, and fabric softeners.
Use the acid-free tissue paper or the freshly laundered white muslin sheeting as packing material. Do not use plastic bags, as these can trap moisture and cause mildew to form or cause the yellowing of fabrics.
Carefully label all storage containers with a list of the contents and the date.
Carefully select a storage area where there are no extreme temperature or atmospheric conditions. Storage in basements, attics, and garages can expose the stored items to extreme temperatures, dampness and humidity, and grease and undesirable fumes. (The ideal storage conditions are a temperature of about 75 degrees F, and a relative humidity of 55 percent.)
When items are removed from storage, air out the clothes for several days before using. Garments can be freshened up by laundering or dry cleaning. Heirloom items that have been stored for a number of years may need to be lightly vacuumed through a mesh screen, and then aired out.
Often unwanted wrinkles can be easily removed from stored items made from wool, wool blends, or specialty hair fibers, by hanging them in the bathroom and allowing the steam from a shower to relax the wrinkles. After steaming, allow the items to hang overnight. Any unwanted creases that remain can be gently pressed out.
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