5 Tips for Storing Linens Safely.
These tips will help you successful store clothing, including heirlooms and vintage pieces, long-term (at least a year).
body oils - even those you can't see - or crumbs remaining on clothes
or linens can attract crawly things or even rodents. Start with a clean
This cushions the fabric and helps guard against sharp creases, which can cause the fabric to break down.
Stuff the neck and other curved areas of a clothing item with the acid-free tissue paper as well to retain the shape of the garment.
Store clothes in lightweight, sturdy plastic lidded boxes. Stash woolens, wool blends and specialty hair (such as mohair) in a sealed cedar chest or cedar-enclosed trunk with the cedar chips at least three-quarters of an inch thick.
Or, fill a muslin pouch
with a mix of lavender flowers, rosemary leaves and cedar chips to keep
You can also use what's called "archival quality" storage boxes (products that are permanent, durable, and/or chemically stable) for extra security, but it isn't a necessary expense.
Choose commercial cold storage for fur-trimmed clothing, coats, and jackets.
Fill the box or chest with acid-free tissue paper or freshly laundered white muslin.
Don't use plastic bags as packing as they can cause yellowing of fabrics and trap in moisture.
Should any moisture find its way inside, it could settle into your fabrics and damage
Your storage goal is to keep fabrics from extreme temperature changes and light.
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