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Summer is just around the corner which means that it's time to pack away the jumpers and bring out the shorts and t-shirts. Most of us are very happy to pack away our winter wardrobes but if you want to ensure that your clothes still look great after being stored away for months at a time, here are some handy tips.
It may not seem logical to wash something you're going to pack away for a few months but it's actually very important to do this if you want to reserve your clothes. Particles of dirt, food and perspiration can all lead to staining if left for a long period of time and might be difficult or even impossible to get out. Dirty clothes are also more likely to attract insects that could cause damage.
Use plastic containers
The best way to store your clothing is in plastic containers. They will keep your clothes dry, protected and free from mold and mildew. Avoid using plastic bags because they trap moisture and cause mold and cardboard boxes will not protect against vermin.
The best storage conditions for your clothes are in a clean, cool, dark and dry room. Ideally the room should not be any hotter than 23 degrees Celsius so if your loft gets particularly hot during the summer months, this might not be the best place to store clothing.
A self storage unit is a great place to store your summer wardrobe and anything else you might want out of your way. You can be rest assured that these units are temperature controlled and very secure. What's more, you can also access whatever you need at any time you like. This means that if the British summer decides to disappointment and you need to get those jumpers out after all, you can do so easily.
Use cedar balls
Many of us dread using mothballs because they smell terrible and what's more, they're not 100% effective and they can also be very dangerous if found by children or pets. A much better alternative is wooden cedar balls. They are much easier on the nose and are even more effective than mothballs when used correctly.
Be careful when hanging items
It may seem logical to hang everything up to avoid creating creases that will be hard to get out but sometimes this can do more harm than good. Jumpers and other knitwear can become seriously misshapen and stretched beyond repair thanks to long-term hanging so you're better off carefully folding items like this and placing them in a plastic container.
Another great tip is to store the heaviest items of clothing at the bottom and the lightest on the top. Not only does this minimalise creasing but stacking clothing loosely allows air to keep circulating even when in long-term storage.