Storing Your Clothes in a Plastic Garment Bag? Don’t!

 Plastic Garment Bags 

Storing your clothes in a plastic garment bag is a quick and easy solution to garment storage.

Sure these types of bags protect your garments from dust and dirt, but they are only suitable for a weekend or your next trip overseas. Other than that, they have no real long term storage benefits. In fact, the opposite.

If you are storing your garments' in these plastic garment covers, you do them more harm than good, particularly if you have stored your garments for extended periods.

If you have stored your attire in a hot and humid wardrobe with little to no ventilation, then the effects are even more detrimental when using these plastic garment bags. 

You only realise that the damage has been done when the season comes around. You go to reach for your wool suit, or your favourite leather jacket or cocktail dress only to find that moths have ravaged through the delicate wool fibres. Discolouration or yellow spots (particularly in cotton, lace, silk and delicate fabrics) have developed, or mould spores have started to appear. Then you question; "How did this happen?" or you think-out-loud and say, "I thought I was protecting my clothes with these plastic garment bags".

It does happen, and you can be completely unaware of the damage plastic garment bags can cause until it's too late. 

Here's how to protect your garments and preserve their longevity.

Golden Rule | Our Garments Need To Breathe

The golden rule for promoting garment longevity is that our garments need to breathe - like us (I know, crazy!) - but they do.

Whether you are storing your dresses, suits, jackets, coats, costumes or heirlooms, it is important that you leave enough space between your garments to allow fresh air to circulate and nourish the fabric fibres in your wardrobe or storage space. 

If air cannot comfortably circulate in and around your garments, or your clothes are jam-packed like sardines in your closet in plastic, non-woven, PEVA, nylon or those nasty plastic dry cleaning bags - then damage can ensue.  


Mould on jacket
I realised the detrimental damage that could be done when I had stored my black leather jacket in a plastic garment bag for less than 2.5 years. Mould spores had developed, particularly on the hem of the jacket.

I thought, how could this happen? I realised that storing my leather jacket in a plastic garment bag doesn't allow the natural leather fibres to breath. I thought that by using a plastic garment bag to "protect" my jacket would suffice. It inhibited any fresh air circulating my leather jacket.

Not only did mould spots develop in that short time, but the plastic material had crumbled into a thousand pieces all over my wardrobe floor, exposing my leather jacket to the elements (dust, dirt, sunlight, mould, mildew and moisture). 

If it gets this far - depending on how soon you spot the damage - it is one of the most annoying, time-consuming exercises to clean up the crumbled pieces. These fragments get into every crevice, every space and you're still finding them weeks later!

As I discovered (too late), the plastic garment bag served absolutely no purpose in safeguarding my leather jacket (or any garment) in the short term and definitely not in the long term, as was this case. This unanticipated event caused a lengthy and costly process to have the mould professionally removed, as I absolutely love this jacket!.

Shocked face

The repair bill to remove mould can range between AUD$65 - $250+ depending on the severity of the mould damage caused. It cost me just over $105 to have the mould professionally removed from my jacket. No one wants that!

My favourite black leather jacket got to live another day, actually a few years. To me, ot was worth saving. 

 

In hindsight, these cheap and nasty plastic garment covers are proven to have no real benefit in protecting the longevity of your beloved garments and attire. Be mindful of their effects, and think twice about storing and protecting your garments long term in these useless bags. 

 

| TIP: Check your seasonal garments every 8 - 12 months. Take out your suits, dresses, coats and jackets and air them out (out of direct sunlight) and in the fresh air for 1 to 2 days - especially if you don't wear them often. Your garments will love you for it as the fresh air will help prolong the fabric's integrity and the fibres so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come. |

 

Reduce Plastic Bag Usage

Land fill

It is also important to mention the ban and minimisation of plastic bag use being implemented in Australia and throughout parts of the world. These plastic and non-woven garment bags do no favours for our precious environment or landfill, and it can take up to 200 years to dispose of, if at all. 

 

 

Easy Steps To Better Protect and Store Your Garments 

The Different Types of Garment Bags

Different types of garment bags

Non-woven, PEVA and PVC garment bags are not breathable and can cause irreparable damage when storing your clothes long term and from season-to-season.

These fabrics will create excess moisture build-up (due to humidity) in and around your garments, and as mentioned with plastic garment bags, they cause mould and mildew to develop. They can also stain, discolour and fade your garment and cause fabric and structural breakdown, and should be avoided altogether.

Plastic dry-cleaning bags are not breathable. Their only purpose is to get your freshly-pressed clothes from the dry cleaners to your home safely. Although some dry cleaners have gone "green", the regular plastic bags have can cause garment yellowing and fading when stored long term. 

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), is a chemical anti-oxidant found in plastic dry cleaning bags. When BHT comes into contact with impurities in the air and moisture, it forms a yellow pigment that transfers to the fabric. BHT can also be found in food, cosmetics, jet fuel, as an additive to 'preserve' a product or item - when, in fact, it can be detrimental in more ways than one.  

Plastic dry cleaning bags are not only bad for the environment; they also don't allow sufficient air to flow in and around your garments. The plastic bag traps in the moisture and, if left for extended periods, can cause staining, discolouration, mildew growth, weakening of the fibres and yellow spots can also form, especially on delicate fabrics and when exposed to excessive sunlight. Sometimes you only notice these yellow spots when you get ready to wear the garment only to realise it's too late - the damage has been done! 

 

 

 


Wire hangers on wardrobe rail 

Discard any metal hangers in your wardrobe and those that also come with your dry-cleaned garments (or better yet, return the wire hangers to the dry cleaners to live another day and reduce landfill or take your own hangers next time you have your garments dry cleaned.)

The metal from these wire hangers can tarnish and then transfer onto your garments when stored for extended periods, and it can leave a nasty, sometimes permanent imprint on your clothes.

 

 

  

FRESH AIR IS ESSENTIAL

Fresh air is essential when storing your clothes and heirlooms long term. It helps promote garment longevity and keep mould and mildew at bay.



Your garments should ideally be kept in an area or storage space that allows for air to circulate in and around your garments comfortably. That is, make sure there is sufficient, natural, free-flowing air that reaches the living, breathing fibres of your garments when stored.  

Isolating fanOpen the windows and doors of your room, turn on the ceiling fan if you have one, or as a last resort use an air conditioner or an isolating fan to generate air. Just make sure that air can comfortably circulate wherever you store your garments for long periods, as this helps dry out any moisture beads and prevents mould build-up.

 

 

PROTECT YOUR GARMENTS FROM SUNLIGHT

Direct sunshine rays

Avoid direct and indirect sunlight beaming down on your garments and in your closet or wardrobe. The excessive heat will fast track and create moisture, mould build-up and mildew. Your garments will also endure discolouration and fading when exposed to the sunshines rays. 

Moths also love light, so make sure you protect your garments by storing them in a dark place in your wardrobe or space.  

 

THE SOLUTION

STORE YOUR GARMENTS IN 100% COTTON GARMENT BAGS

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Cotton is...

  • Eco-Friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Acid-Free
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  • Easy To Wash
  • Quick to Dry
  • And all-around AWESOME!

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Kazzi Kovers Premium 100% Cotton Garment Bags are stylish and designed and purposed to safeguard your leather and suede jackets and prolong their longevity in all storage conditions. 

Our cream-coloured garment bags provides the ultimate protection against dust, insects (especially moths), mould, moisture and mildew due to the breathable cotton fabric, which is perfect for storing your leather and suede jackets, coats and pants.

Each bag is equipped with a full length, self-healing side-zipper for easy storage and access. If you're travelling with your leather jacket, we've also included a sturdy 100% cotton hook at the bottom to fold the bag over for travel or carry purposes. It's so easy. 

See Kazzi Kovers Garment Bag Packages or all options are displayed below for your convenience. 

 

INVEST IN QUALITY WOOD HANGERS

Natural-European-German-Beech-Wood-Hangers

Always store your garments on well-made wooden hangers in a space where airflow can comfortably circulate.

When choosing the right hangers, always ensure that the shoulder and arch of the wood hanger support your jackets and garments' structure and shape. The contour or framework of the wood hanger should mimic your shoulders.

Never use wire hangers.

The Rule of Thumb: The heavier the garment, the denser the hanger needs to be to support the weight and shape of the garment being stored.

For everyday garments including business shirts, tops, dresses and lighter garments then Kazzi Kovers Clothes Hangers are perfect. 

For slightly heavier garments such as suits, dresses, wedding gown or jackets then Kazzi Kovers Suit Hangers are ideal. 

For heavy wool jackets, coats or bulkier items, then Kazzi Kovers Coat Hangers would be more suitable. 

Kazzi Kovers Wood Hanger Collection is beautifully crafted from European German Beech Wood, and are FSC® 100% certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). This provides you with the assurance that our suite of wood products are made from responsibly managed and sustainable forests, for today and future generations.

All wood hangers are available in Natural Wood Grain and Walnut colours.  

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The detrimental effects of storing your garments in plastic, non-woven, nylon and plastic dry cleaning bags can be quite damaging, costly and ineffective. They provide no real benefit to long term storage and care to your garments.

After all, you've invested a pretty penny in your wardrobe, so it is wise to safeguard your garments better so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come. 

I hope this comprehensive guide helps and encourages you to take better care of your garments. 

Thanks for reading.  

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers® 

Remember if you ‘Love it, Cover it!®.’  

Updated: 4th January 2021. 

 

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers®_________________________________________________  

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