Protect Clothing from Common Hazards – Easy Care Advise for a Busy Lifestyle

When it comes to
clothing care – dry cleaning, mothballs and cedar are what
typically comes to mind. But in fact, common damages such
as snags, discoloration, and mildew cannot be prevented by
using these care methods; particularly for delicate fibers like
silk, lace and beads.Whether storing clothing and accessories at home or packing for a trip, these simple ideas can safeguard them for years to come.1) Use fabric bags for storage vs plastic — Some plastic
and vinyl bags emit PVC gases that over time that can
discolor and weaken delicate fibers. Their poor breathability
can also encourage the development of moldiness and
mildew. Fabric bags are breathable, which keeps garments
fresher and fabrics safer.2) Create wardrobe “zones” — Even if space is tight,
designate an area inside closets and drawers to keep
valued items away from high traffic areas that are used
every day. It’s an easy way to organize and protect delicate
fabrics from snags and pulls.3) Keep tissue paper handy — Whether storing items at
home or inside luggage, folding them in a sheet of tissue
provides a little extra protection from inadvertent snags on
rough surfaces or other items. For long term storage
acid-free paper and breathable storage containers are
recommended.4) Air out worn garments out before storing them– This
helps reduce the attraction of insects that are drawn to
odors from food, perspiration and perfumes. Closets will
also benefit by not having stale odors affect other attire.5) Check delicate garments after wearing them — Take a
few minutes to check for loose beads and use a small pin
to tie off the ends. Some snagged items can be handled at
home with a needle or repair kits. If unsure, taking it to a
professional tailor is recommended6) Be careful with mothballs and cedar — If items are stored
in a cedar chest, be careful that garments do not come in
contact with the oils which can cause “burning”
discoloration. Also, mothballs and cedar may repel insects –
but if garments are not cleaned before storage, larvae that
have been deposited can still cause damage.These are just a few ideas to help protect fine apparel from
common hazards such as snags, mold and discoloration…
and keep them looking great for years.