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Have a favourite shirt, top? Simple steps to protect clothes from damage

Don't store clothes in a plastic bag

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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Buying is easy but maintaining them is important. Don't store in a plastic bag and before storing dry clean them, say experts.

Designers and Y Z Jafri, and Harleen Kaur Jawanda, Chief Merchandising Officer at Trendybharat, an online shopping website. have the following suggestions:
  • Before packing the clothes, dry clean and wash them. Dirty clothing can attract vermin and insects which may damage your clothing so wash and iron them before storing.
  • Avoid plastic bags as these can trap moisture and cause mildew to form or cause the yellowing of fabrics. Acid-free boxes and tissue paper should be used as not all plastic boxes are safe as they release chemicals which could have subtle to grossly negative effects on the clothing.

  • The right hangers are a must. With all the same hangers, your wardrobe will look like an emporium, and if all the garments are level, they are a lot easier to see. Try the rubber covered non-slip hanger.
  • To deter dreaded moth holes in use lavender bags or cedar wood in your storage boxes as these natural products work really well.
  • Don't store your footwear with your garments as fumes from the leather and glue may cause damage and discolouration.
  • Just like the storage material, there needs to be thought put into the storage locations. This means stuffy areas like attics and basements are a strict no-no. The best space would be a dark area with good air circulation. Also, leaving your dry-cleaning in plastic baggies is bound to trap gases that might discolour your precious apparel.

First Published: Tue, May 02 2017. 19:17 IST