Winter wear Hello Ladies! The winter season will be ending soon and soon you will have to put away all your lovely jackets and coats. So I decided to list a few pointers to help you preserve your favorite winter clothing. This post is sponsored by StyleWe.
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Let’s get down to the matter at hand, preserving winter wear.
- Clean everything, including the clothes that look ‘clean’. Moth larvae, carpet beetles, and silverfish feed on the natural fabrics in your clothes, causing small holes or shreds. They’re most attracted to clothes that have stains—food, perspiration, and other similar stains—so make sure everything that’s fit for storage has been cleaned. Even if you can’t see any stains, it’s possible that lingering oil spots will oxidize and become noticeable (and permanent), so keep that in mind when deciding what needs washing. Take care not to use starch or fabric softener, as they tend to attract insects more.
If you think insects have already infiltrated the clothes, high temperatures (as with dry cleaning) will kill the bugs. Freezing also does the trick; Try putting clothes in freezer bags and removing the air completely, placing them in a freezer for forty-eight hours, taking them out to defrost for twenty-four, and putting them back in for another forty-eight hours to kill any lingering insects. Whatever you do, don’t put winter clothes in storage areas that are bug infested or dirty.
- If your winter wear is a wool blend or a wool-like fabric, start with a lint roller or brush. Wool picks up particles that these items can easily remove, such as human or pet hair and lint. Just roll the lint roller over the fabric or brush it with the lint brush. If you don’t have either one of these tools, create a loop with some tape, keeping the sticky side out. Make the loop large enough to wrap around your hand loosely. You can then pick up particles and hair on coats by rolling the tape along the fabric with your hand.
- Remove loose threads on your winter wear. Cutting these excess threads will help to minimize the lint that your coat picks up as well. Use a clothes shaver, which trims fuzz and lint from fabric, to remove loose threads and those hard-to-reach hair and lint particles from your pea coat or cashmere coat, especially when it has begun piling.
- Cut the costs of dry-cleaning, which many winter coats require. To avoid those high-priced dry cleaning bills, you can purchase a dry-cleaning kit. These are very easy and convenient. Using the kit takes less time than washing a load of clothes. First, spot treat any visible stains on the coat with the included spot-treating solution. Next, place your coat and one of the towelettes in one of the bags included in the kit. Put it in the dryer and set the dryer to medium or high heat for about 30 minutes. Promptly remove the coat and hang it or lay it flat to dry, as it will be a little moist from the solution on the towelette.
- Find an optimal storage area. While attics, basements, and garages are good places to store old toys and books, they’re less than ideal for clothes. Attics get too hot in the spring and summer, basements are too damp, and garages are dusty and prone to insects. The ideal spot for winter storage is a dark, dry, and relatively cool area. Closets work, as do spaces under the bed or even underneath stairwells. Wherever you store the clothes, make sure the area is freshly vacuumed and clean before you put anything there.
- Keeping clothes insect-free also requires covering them for the duration of storage. For clothes you’d like to hang, use wooden or plastic hangers and wrap them with clean white pillowcases or sheets so that the hangers don’t make permanent creases. Zip them up in thick plastic or canvas bags. Don’t use dry-cleaning bags; they’re too thin and can promote mold.
- Use cedar hangers when hanging your winter wear. Cedar keeps the moths away without the smell of mothballs. If you do not have cedar hangers, you can use cedar sachets. Line your closet with them or simply place one on the hanger with your coat. When storing your winter clothing for the season, you may also want to consider getting a garment bag to help keep lint, hair, dust and other particles from collecting on it.Stuff coat sleeves with acid-free paper to help prevent permanent creases from forming during the off-season.
- Sweaters and pants should go into plastic, wooden, or cloth boxes with lids. Lay them flat as often as possible to reduce wrinkles. If you put acid-free tissue paper or clean white cotton pillowcases between each article, it will help maintain clothes’ color. Place the heaviest items on the bottom and the lightest on top. If you’re using an airtight plastic bin, consider punching a few tiny holes in the lid to encourage air circulation. If the clothes aren’t able to breathe, they degrade more quickly and can develop mildew in the meantime.
- Mothballs and moth crystals are often recommended to avoid infestation, but they also release pesticides that can exacerbate human and pet health—the toxic vapors they release could actually melt the plastic in plastic bags if they’re put in a small enough area. Plus, they smell awful, and that smell’s not going anywhere unless you’re able to air out the clothes outside; dry cleaning won’t erase it. Instead, opt for little pouches of lavender or cedar chips inside the garment racks or storage boxes.
That wraps up my list of tips to preserve your winter wear. Do you have any tips that you would like to add? Let me know in the comments below. If you loved the winter wear featured in this post, be sure to check out StyleWe as well as just fashion now.
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