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

Posted on March 19, 2016 by Maria Kazzi

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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 their 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 are doing them more harm than good, particularly if you have stored your garments for extended periods.

Also, 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, and 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, or discolouration or yellow spots (particularly in cotton, lace, silk and delicate fabrics) has occurred, 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".

 

Golden Rule | Our Garments Need To Breathe

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

Whether you are storing your dress, suit, jacket, coat, costume or heirloom, 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 you have stored your garments in either plastic, non-woven, PEVA, nylon or those nasty plastic dry cleaning bags, or if your clothes are stored jam-packed like sardines in your wardrobe, then air cannot comfortably circulate in and around your garments or your wardrobe and damage can ensue.  


Mould on jacket
This happened to my black leather jacket when I had it stored in a plastic garment bag for less than 2.5 years. Mould spores had developed, particularly on the hem of the jacket.

I realised that plastic doesn't breath and the "plastic bag" I used to "protect" my jacket actually inhibited any air circulating in and around my leather jacket and didn't allow fresh air to circulate or dry out any moisture beads in my wardrobe. 

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, leaving my leather jacket unprotected from the elements. (Not happy, Jane!)

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) both in the short term and definitely not in the long term. This unanticipated event caused a lengthy and costly process to have the mould professionally removed.  

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, as to me, it was worth saving. 

 

Looking back, these cheap and nasty plastic garment covers are proven to have no long term 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: Every 6 - 12 months take out your garments, 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 all that often. It's a good idea just to check on them. They will love you for it! It will help prolong the integrity of the fabric 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 also breathable and can cause irreparable damage when it comes to 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. They should be avoided altogether.

Plastic dry-cleaning bags are also 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 BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), an antioxidant found in these dry cleaning bags. It can cause discolouration, fading, yellow spots and further irreparable damage to your garments when stored long term.

 

 

 


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 back to the dry cleaners to live another day and reduce landfill or take your own next time you have your garments dry cleaned.) The metal from these wire hangers can 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.


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

Open 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 are storing your garments for long periods of time. 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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  • Eco-Friendly
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Kazzi Kovers Premium 100% Cotton Garment Bags are stylishly designed and purposed to safeguard your leather and suede jackets and prolong their longevity in all storage conditions. 

Each cream-coloured garment bag 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 also 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

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Your garments should always be placed on a well-made, wooden hanger in a space where airflow can comfortably circulate.

When choosing the right hangers, always ensure that the shoulder and the arch of the wood hanger support the structure and shape of your jackets and garments. 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.

If you are storing your everyday business shirts, tops, dresses and lighter garments then Kazzi Kovers Clothes Hangers are perfect. 

If you're storing your in between-weighted garments such as suits, dresses, wedding gown or jackets then Kazzi Kovers Suit Hangers are ideal. 

If you are storing a heavy wool jacket or coat, then Kazzi Kovers Coat Hangers would be more suited.

Kazzi Kovers Wood Hanger Collection is beautifully crafted from European German Beech Wood, and are fully 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.  

 

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

The detrimental effects of storing your garments in plastic, non-woven, nylon and plastic dry cleaning bags can be quite damaging, costly and ineffective as 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 better safeguard your garments so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come. 

Thanks for reading.  

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

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers

Updated 28.11.19

 

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers

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