NEW YORK — As colder weather makes way for heavier coats, sweaters and other outerwear, Manhattan-based dry cleaner Wash Club NYC has provided clothing storage tips for its customers to avoid future storage shock.
“It seems just like yesterday warmer clothing was being packed away for the summer months ahead. Now that the season has changed and the temperature has dropped, people are bringing back out their warmer clothes that may or may not look like they did when they were first packed away,” the company says.
Stored clothing and garments can have strange smells, be misshapen, or may have stains that weren’t there before, which may mean it was improperly stored, according to Wash Club NYC.
To avoid future mishaps, the company provided the following tips to its clientele:
Before packing away clothing, evaluate pieces that weren’t worn all season. Chances are they won’t get worn next year, either. If it’s not worth the storage space, set it aside for donation.
Wash garments before storing, even if it looks clean. Insects are attracted to clothes that have stains—food, perspiration and otherwise. For natural fibers and delicate clothing, make sure it is dry cleaned. Avoid starch and fabric softener, as they tend to attract insects.
Store clothing in a dark, dry, ventilated and clean environment. Vacuum, clean and dust this area to remove dirt and insects.
Delicates, sweaters and pants should go into plastic, wooden or cloth boxes with lids. Place heaviest items on the bottom and separate with clean, white sheets to help maintain colors. Use wooden or plastic hangers on clothing that needs to be hung, and wrap with clean, white sheets to avoid creases.
Avoid mothballs. Use cedar to ward off insects.
Regularly check the stored clothing.
“Six months of storing clothing incorrectly can ruin a wardrobe beyond repair,” says Rick Rome, owner of Wash Club NYC. “It’s best to take a little time preparing for the season ahead, than to end up with destruction waiting for you in your closet.”
Though the company acknowledged the use of home remedies, like using vinegar to take the musty smell away from clothes stored for a long period of time, Rome adds, “If you’re faced with the question of what’s salvageable and what’s not, it’s best to contact your local dry cleaner.”