Protect Clothing from Common Hazards. Easy Care Advise for a
Orange County, CA---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
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 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 recommended
6) 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.