Professional Storage Tips
So, you have the walk-in closet you always dreamed of and assembled an impeccable collection of vintage, haute couture, evening wear and accessories. Now, how do you go about protecting your precious wardrobe and keeping it in pristine condition? We asked the garment care experts at Garde Robe or some tips you can implement in your closets.
Common Mistakes to Avoid:
- To avoid distortion and stretching, never store vintage, embellished gowns, knits, or delicate items on hangers. Instead, wrap each item individually in acid-free tissue and store flat in breathable, archival boxes.
- Remove all plastic garment bags from your dry cleaning. Plastic does not allow garments to breathe properly, and leads to fume fading.
- Never put worn items back in the closet next to clean garments. Body oils and perfume act as a magnet for destructive insects such as moths.
- Leather items—handbags, shoes, and garments—absorb moisture and can take longer to thoroughly dry. After cleaning, keep leather pieces out of the closet for a few days before putting them away. Items placed in the closet too soon may become mildewed and contaminate the closet.
- Hang or store leather and denim garments separate from more delicate fabrics. Placing them in the closet unprotected will lead to dye transferring.
- Don’t overcrowd your closets. Proper air circulation is critical for preserving fabrics.
- If you choose to store infrequently worn or off-season garments in a guestroom closet, don’t forget to open the closet doors and leave a fan on in the room from time to time.
Never store garments in:
- Basements or attics where the temperature and humidity levels are inconsistent
- Closets that have an outside wall (these closets tend to have higher relative humidity)
- Near a window with sunlight
- Plastic or vinyl bags
Ideal storage conditions include:
- Steady temperature. Over time, fluctuating temperatures weaken fabric fibers.
- Low relative humidity discourages moisture and mold
- Low light protects from fading
- Filtered air helps remove impurities that would otherwise become trapped in fabric
- Moving air prevents culture growth
- Breathable bags and box storage
- Wrap items individually in acid free tissue and/or muslin