Get­ting wrapped up and ready for spring

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

SPRING is in the air – and when the sea­sons change so does our wardrobe.

The sweaters, hats, ther­mals, coats and gloves we have used to stave off frost­bite for the past three months are all tossed into the near­est con­tainer and hid­den out of sight.

How­ever, if you don’t want any nasty sur­prises next win­ter, it’s a good idea to store ev­ery­thing prop­erly.

To en­sure your clothes come back out of hi­ber­na­tion in the same con­di­tion as they went in, a few words of ad­vice:

Clean­ing ev­ery­thing thor­oughly be­fore pack­ing will en­sure ev­ery­thing is fresh and re­duce the chances of de­cay or in­sect prob­lems in your cloth­ing, hope­fully keep- ing them in once piece. Now is also the best time to re­move any stains as they will only darken and be­come harder to re­move dur­ing stor­age.

Use the right stor­age. Card­board boxes are pos­si­bly the worst thing you could use as they are a breed­ing ground for bugs and bac­te­ria, along with the fact that you’re just ask­ing for damp.

Trapped mois­ture is a ma­jor is­sue de­pend­ing on the stor­age con­di­tions, so should be avoided at all costs.

If you want to go the whole nine yards you can line con­tain­ers with acid­free tis­sue to en­sure the best stor­age con­di­tions.

Don’t hang ev­ery­thing. Hang­ing clothes can of­ten take up a lot of space, also it is best to en- sure that you do not hang sweaters or any other knit­ted items as these sorts of ma­te­ri­als can of­ten be­come mis­shapen.

In­stead fold and place into a suit­able con­tainer.

Stack your folded items with the heav­i­est at the bot­tom and light­est on top. You should also stack items loosely to al­low air cir­cu­la­tion dur­ing a long stor­age. In some cir­cum­stances it is best to hang clothes, for ex­am­ple any­thing with real fur or suits and dresses.

Choose a place that isn’t ex­posed to ex­ces­sive heat and avoid ar­eas near heat­ing sources. Dark places will help to pre­vent colour fad­ing and keep things cool.

Don’t use vac­uum bags as most ex­perts warn against their use since re­mov­ing the air and pre­vent­ing con­sis­tent air flow through the gar­ments will dry them out. Clothes need to breathe, so proper con­tain­ers are much bet­ter for non-del­i­cate items.

Pack del­i­cate items made from silk, cashmere or any­thing that you would like to take ex­tra care with sep­a­rately. These should be wrapped in acid-free tis­sue pa­per and placed in 100 per cent cot­ton-can­vas stor­age bags.

Hang suits on a qual­ity hanger, in a space where air can cir­cu­late eas­ily. You should make sure your suit is aired­out and pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned be­fore putting it away in a suit bag to pre­vent dust, pests or other closet de­bris from get­ting to it.

Clothes must be stored prop­erly to avoid dam­age

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