When it comes to clothing there are all sorts of things that can go wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re storing stuff in a dresser, have it hanging in a closet, or it’s packed away for the next season. Even while you’re wearing your favorite piece of clothing bad things can happen, from spills to rips. And, if you like that piece of clothing enough, it might even get worn out.
While accidents like stains and rips will happen, and clothes are bound to wear out sooner or later, there are some things you can do to help protect your clothing. Here are a few tips.
Keep The Pests Out
There are plenty of bugs that can get into your clothing, as well as other pets. Carpet moths and other moths can munch on your clothing whether it’s in a box in the attic or hanging in a closet. Moth killer is the quickest and easiest answer to dealing with moths that might be damaging your clothing, including precious vintage items. Killing them smells a lot better than moth balls.
Mice are another pest that can be a pain when it comes to clothing. Your stuff packed away, even in the back of a closet, can make a nice warm home for mice. They’ll even make a nest in your dresser if you’re not careful. And mice dropping can carry disease, so once they’ve used your clothing as a toilet you may as well dispose of it (gross).
Store Them Properly
One key to keeping your clothing safe is to store it properly. While these bugs and pests can simply go in a regularly used dresser, they are less likely to stick around if you’re in it on a daily basis. Take some time to research what smells mice don’t like and then add a sachet of this scent to drawers and packed boxes of clothing or materials.
Speaking of boxes, instead of storing your clothing in cardboard, which can attract some pests (like spiders), use plastic storage bins or even plastic sealable bags. You can invest in vacuum bag systems, even, that make a great way to protect your clothing from pests and moisture. Moisture can also ruin clothing, making it moldy and musty.
Keep Them Clean
Keeping your clothing clean will help keep some of the critters away, and it will help you avoid musty smells and mold. Make sure that you are properly drying clothing, even the stuff you wear on a regular basis. Make sure items you intend to pack are clean and dry as well.
You also want to have homes for your clothing. Don’t let dirty stuff pile up making attractive places for pests to hide and nest. Once your clothing is clean, put it away in safe places.