TIPS ON STORING WOOLEN CLOTHINGS – II
In our last article we discussed proper ways of washing and drying our delicate woolens as the sunny days are approaching fast. Therefore, if not stored properly now, they will occupy most of our cupboard space and also when we unpack we will find them a little duller than the last year or filled with moth-eaten holes.
Keep in mind that the storage method for the garment varies from fabric to fabric, for example, a knitted sweater should be stored with naphthalene balls, while fur coats and delicate pashmina shawls should not be as their material instantly absorbs the smell of the mothballs.
This week we will discuss how different woolen be stored and maintained fabric wise:
Cashmere and pashmina shawls should be stored in an airtight zip lock polythene bags to protect them from harmful moisture and the silverfish ants. Also, pashmina shawls should not be stored with naphthalene balls or cakes as they will absorb its smell.
Silk scarves and shawls should be wrapped in muslin and should be hanged in padded hangers. Keeping them in a pile might damage the crease and finishing of the shawl.
Cotton stoles should be ironed properly and hung on hangers so that the creases don’t become permanent spoiling the flow of the fabric. Iron the cotton stoles using mild heat setting and a protective cloth.
Store the fur coat and jackets in a cold, dark storage area. Humidity can result in the oils to bleed out of the fur and cause the leather to dry out, which can cause moulting; direct light can fade the fur. Hang the coat freely; don’t try to stuff too many in a closet. Use a padded hanger. Hang the coat by its shoulders and leave room on either side of the coat because fur needs to breathe to stay supple and healthy looking. Cover the coat with cotton garment bags or cotton sheets, and not plastic (the fur needs to breathe). Remove the coat from the bag every three months and dust it well. To avoid sagging and bulging and help maintain the shape, empty pockets and remove belts, close zips and buttons. In case the coat is wet, let it dry in a well-ventilated room. Do not use artificial drying techniques on fur as they might cause hair breakage.
Use old magazines/tissue paper to create supports for the knee-high leather boots. It stops forming of wrinkles in the leather and maintains the shape of the shoe. Avoid using newspaper, as it leaves print marks on the surface. Brush the footwear with shoe brushes designed specifically for different materials like suede and leather. Use shoe bags or washed muslin to wrap the leather shoes and boots in. It protects footwear from scratches.
We can also place a shape holder inside the shoes; this helps the shoe maintain its original shape.
Now that we have understood that each fabric needs to be stored in a particular way to restore its sheen. In our next one we will discuss the storage bags that are of equal importance in safe guarding our delicate and precious woolens. So keep reading….