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

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 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 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.