storageI love getting ready for the next season almost as much as I love The Laundress products.  No matter how much I enjoy wearing my favorite cashmere sweater or the perfect knee high boots, come spring time, I’m ready to wear something fresh and inviting.

Here are some helpful tips on storing your favorite fall and winter wares so you can love wearing them again in the seasons to come.

Seasonally Re-organize:

If you don’t store items seasonally, you should do a thorough re-organization once or twice a year.  Clean your wardrobe and drawers for the new season – take everything out, wash, vacuum & re-organize your drawers.

Wash and clean everything! Have you ever thought, “It doesn’t look dirty”…”I don’t see any spots”…”I think I only wore it once and it was just a short time.” JUST WASH IT.

Why?  Ever wonder where that big yellow spot came from?  Perfume, body products, body oil, food and dirt show up and are much harder to get out later.  All of these examples create the perfect feeding ground for bugs.

Not sure how to wash wool and cashmere? The Laundressrule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

sweaterStone stainSolution WoolCashmereTools Needed:Wool & Cashmere Shampoo*, Stain Solution, Sweater Stone, Wash and Stain Bar Optional Tools: Fabric Fresh Cedar, Scented Vinegar, , Mesh Bags, Stain Brush

Pre-treat:

• De-pill first if the item has heaving pilling. Brush the pilled areas with The Laundress Sweater Stone and shake out.

• Examine for stains: pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solution.

• To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

• Turn your clothing inside out.  This prevents abrasion and lengthens the life of colorant dyes.

• Do not mix colors, wash with like colors only.

Hand washing:handwash

• Turn item inside out to wash the fabric where stains and odors buildup on the inside closest to your body and under arms.

• Prepare a “bath” –basin of cool/tepid water with 2 capfuls of The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo.

• Submerge item(s) in bath using your hands to agitate the water and detergent.

• Soak for at least ½ hour. It is harmless to leave soaking for longer unless you are washing silk.

*DO NOT PANIC if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color at the end.

• Rinse well – running room temperature water until soapy water is gone.

• Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

Machine washing:

• Change machine setting to woolens/delicate cycle. Make sure water temperature is cold. Add the appropriate amount of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to the machine.

• Turn item inside out and place in The Laundress Mesh Bag and wash. Start cycle.

• Remove from the washer promptly to reduce creasing. Do not put in the dryer!

Dry/Finish:

• To dry – place item on top of a towel making sure the towel and item is flat and in its original shape, then roll up in the towel (like a rolling pin) to remove excess water.

• To finish drying – lay item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or towel. Hang, if item will not stretch or deform.

• When dry – finish removing any extra pills as noted above.

Never store an item that is wet or damp.    For more The Laundress laundering tips, click here.

foldedProper Storage:

Fold clean clothes. Knits, silks, and synthetics should be folded for storage.  If hung, they may not fit or look the same the next season. Delicate items and items prone to wrinkling are best when folded with acid free tissue. (Acid free tissue is very important for long term storing – not as important for short term i.e. season to season).

Fur, leather and outerwear are best stored hung – if these items are not stored properly, they can lose their natural oils by drying out which are the luxurious properties.

Pack clothes and textiles in a breathable fabric, such as cotton or linen, and with a zipper closure.

Where to store:

Items should be stored in a clean, cool, dark and dry area.  Not humid/damp areas such an attic or basement.  Humid and damp areas are optimal environments for moth breeding, mold and mildew. Extreme temperatures and direct sunlight will damage textiles and cause them to fade and deteriorate.

Prevent Bug Issues:lavender

Cleaning and storing properly is a great start. Use natural lavender sachets or The Laundress fabric fresh cedar; both are a natural moth and bug repellent.

Pack clothes and textiles in a breathable fabric, such as cotton or linen, and with a zipper closure. Never store in plastic or cardboard. Plastic bins, cardboard, and dry cleaner bags may look tidy, but are not suitable for good textile storage as they attract and encourage bugs and bug reproduction. Do not use drawer liners or contact paper as the adhesive can attract bugs as well.

Storage boxes should be wrapped in nylon netting to prevent entry of Silverfish.  There is no protein in nylon which makes it non-digestible to Silverfish. Avoid cardboard, paper and plastic storage.

Silverfish feast on a diet of starch, sugar and protein. This makes linen, cotton, viscose rayon and silk prime targets of these scavengers.

There are non-toxic moth products out there – avoid moth balls which are toxic and impossible to remove their odor.  The Laundress does not recommend cedar wood blocks or chips. If you are using cedar wood avoid direct contact with the textiles as they can transfer oil to fabric which will create stains and are hard to remove.

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