Here are few simple guidelines to follow when storing your wardrobe:
- Wash or dry clean your clothes before storing them for the summer. Even if your clothes were worn once, human skin can leave residue in the material that can damage your clothing and make it more attractive to bugs.
- Be particular about the storage container.The storage container should allow for circulation of air through the clothing. Popular storage containers include rattan trunks, or textile bags. Refrain from storing your clothing in plastic bags. Natural materials eed to breathe. Opt for a well-ventilated container and store items flat. If you must hang these items, pad them with tissue paper.
- Choose a place to store your winter wardrobe that is dry and cool, this will help to avoid mildew. Avoid using silica, mothballs, or crystals, as they often emit strong smells, can be harmful for both you and the environment, and may make it difficult to remove the odor even after cleaning.
- Refrain from stretching, bending, or twisting fabrics when storing clothes. Any folding or twisting could damage your clothes and destroy their shape, especially in a vacuum storage bag.
- Care for speciality items:
• Furs: These garments should be hung on a well padded hanger and placed in a cool, dry space. Covered furs with a breathable textile.
• Leather: If you haven’t cleaned your leather, leather wax can help protect the garment and refresh it for next winter. Use this same method for leather shoes.
Need more storage space?
Regardless of how much storage space you have, it never seems to be enough. That’s why we’d like to introduce you to Anton’s Closet. We clean your garments and household items; place them in our dust-free, temperature-controlled facilities where they will stay until you let us know you want them in the fall. The service is free – all you pay for is the cleaning.
Just pick-up Anton’s Closet chests (they’re free!) at your Anton’s store, fill them with your winter clothes and household items and give yourself more closet space.
A luxurious fiber, cashmere doesn’t need to be high maintenance if you wear and care for it properly. Here are five tips to consider when preserving these high-end sweaters.
- Make sure you know what you’re caring for. Due to a popularization of cashmere in the past few years, we have seen an influx of substandard product on the market. For this reason, you should purchase your sweaters from a reputable company and check the label to ensure it is 100% cashmere.
- Don’t spray yourself with perfume while wearing cashmere because it will eventually discolor the garment.
- Extra yarn usually comes with a good cashmere purchase and it should be saved.
- Fold sweaters with tissue and store flat in a drawer or on a closet shelf.
- If the sweater is stained, have it dry cleaned as soon as possible so stains don’t set.
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Here are a few tips that can help extend the life of your suit:
- Make space in your wardrobe to allow your suit jackets to hang nicely without creasing.
- Use a good wooden hanger to store your suit. A cedar wood hanger will also work as a repellant for predators, such as moths, and absorb moisture.
- Refrain from forcefully rubbing on stains or dirt, as this could embed it into the fabric.
- Don’t overload your pockets, it will strain the seams.
- To limit the amount of pull on the fabric of your suit, unbutton your jacket and slightly pull up your pants/skirt when sitting down.
- Use a clothes brush to brush the suit after wearing. This will help remove dirt and lint buildup and rejuvenate the wool, preventing it from shining.
- If the weather is rainy or humid, wait 24 hours before hanging your suit in the closet. This will help dry up any moisture.
- To ensure color consistency, clean all of the pieces of your suit at the same time.
- Be conscious of how you carry a briefcase, purse, or backpack, as the weight can cause the fabric of your suit to shine and distort the shoulder pad area