Tuesday,12 December, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1295, (12 - 18 May 2016)
Tuesday,12 December, 2017
Issue 1295, (12 - 18 May 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Safe storage of winter clothes

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

It’s spring time and as we move away from the cold, winter months and look forward to warmer days ahead the last thing we feel like doing is continuing to wear our winter clothes.

As we think about transitioning our wardrobe, the query of what to do with our winter attire often comes up. Here are some tips to ensure your autumn and winter clothes are kept in good shape, ready for next year.

• Sort and organise. Separate all your winter clothes into three piles: wash, dryclean, and good to go. This is also a good time to vacuum wardrobes and wipe down shelves.

• Launder or dryclean clothing before storing it for the season, even if it looks clean. Food stains will attract moths, and if you let stains sit for an entire season, especially a warm-hot season, you will never get them out. Body oils, deodorant and perfumes can also discolour fabric over time if not removed from clothing before storage.

• Remove drycleaned garments from plastic bags, as the bags trap moisture and encourage mildew. Cotton garment bags or old cotton sheets protect stored clothing from dust while allowing air circulation.

• Choose the best storage options for your clothes according to your storage space. If you have an extra closet, leave things on hangers and move everything that is out of season to that.

• Store everyday clothes like jeans, long-sleeve T-shirts and man-made fabrics in plastic storage. This protects your clothes from dust and dirt and is easy to stack neatly away. Just be sure you pack things loosely to maximise air flow.

• Wrap delicate items like silk or cashmere, or anything that’s special to you, in acid-free tissue paper and place in 100 per cent cotton canvas storage bags.

• Do up your coat buttons, zip up zippers, and empty out pockets; then fold up the items of clothing and place them in a plastic bin. Hang real fur coats on padded wooden hangers or wooden suit hangers and place inside breathable garment bags.

• Fold sweaters into thirds, then in half, and stack in a plastic bin with the heaviest knits on the bottom. Place white tissue paper between layers if colour transfer is a concern or to keep any embellishments from snagging. You also may want to add cedar-scented panels to keep pests away.

• Hang trousers by the cuff or hem, hanging straight, to avoid creases. As for skirts, hang them from waistbands using skirt hangers. Wooden or plastic hangers may be used for blouses or shirts. Dresses and skirts often include hanger loops designed to support the garment’s weight; place the loops around the head of the hanger or on hanger hooks.

• Avoid wire hangers when storing your clothes. They cause dreadful bumps in the shoulders when you take them out next fall.

• When boxing clothes for storage, avoid boxes made of cardboard. It is acidic, and the glue it contains is attractive to pests and insects. Instead, use lidded plastic storage containers to keep your clothing in good repair, without attracting pests or damaging fibres.

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