Every year, we go through the same clothes storage cycles. When summer rolls around, it’s time to pack up the winter woollies! And a lot of the time, that means some of your winter clothes have seen their last wear. Long periods of storage don’t always go well for winter clothes.
But that doesn’t need to be the case. Storing winter clothes for the long term is possible. Better still, it’s easy! If you follow some of these tips, you can rest assured that your winter clothes will come out of storage as fresh as a spring daisy!
The leather jacket: here are some tricks for storing winter leather clothes
Leather jackets and winter boots: they’re so often the victims of inappropriate storage solutions. At times, storing leather properly can feel like a downright mystery. But it doesn’t have to! In fact, it’s quite straightforward. Leather needs one thing above all else: breathing space. That’s why storing leather in plastic is the first thing to avoid. Storing leather in a dry, breathable space is the best way to keep it fresh. Of course, in a humid climate like Queensland’s that can be a challenge in itself. That’s why we suggest climate controlled storage, such as self storage units.
Winter wool: storing your winter woollen clothes doesn’t need to be a gamble
Wool is another organic material. Like leather, it needs some space to store properly. When it’s crumpled up, or jammed into a tight, unbreathable space, wool can deteriorate quite quickly. But by far the biggest thing to avoid is the humble moth! Moths have a ravenous appetite for wool, and they can wreak all sorts of havoc. So make sure your winter storage solution for wool garments is secure. Use moth balls where you need to, and make sure your winter woollies have space to breathe.
Vacuum sealed clothes storage: does it work when storing winter clothes?
Vacuum sealed clothes bags are growing in popularity. And let’s face it, their appeal is massive. They offer a safe, compact space for your clothes. But are they as good as they seem? The short answer is yes, but there’s a catch. Vacuum sealed clothes storage is only really suitable for cotton winter garments. It’s also only really suitable when those garments have been ironed, and neatly folded. Jamming them into a vacuum bag may cause you some problems down the track. But for those masses of long sleeved cotton shirts and coats, vacuum bags are a great option!
Coathangers and cupboards: the risks of storing winter clothes long term
We’re all guilty of the set and forget approach, when it comes to storing winter clothes. It’s just so temptingly easy to hang our winter clothes in a cupboard, and forget about them for another few seasons. But will that have any adverse effects? A lot of the time, your winter clothes will be just fine in the cupboard. But there are more than a few things that could go wrong.
The most common are mildew, and moths. The two ‘Ms’ are capable of pushing your winter clothes into early retirement, in a matter of weeks. So how can you stop them? Climate control is the best bet for controlling mildew. Secure storage is the best option for controlling moths, and whatever other insects might be around. So look for the best storage you can find, before hanging your winter clothes for another few months.
Self storage: good self storage units are the safest way to store your winter clothes
When it comes to mould, mildew, and moth protection, nothing is as good as self storage. Self storage is protected from the climate and humidity, and securely maintained. That means your winter clothes stand their best chance of making it through the summer hibernation. Chat to the experts today!