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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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Have you ever stopped to think about what type of garment bag you are storing your garments in? Or the irreparable damage that can be caused when storing your garments in a plastic, non-woven or a nylon garment bag for the short and long term?.

Not many of us do, until the season comes around and we go to reach for our wool dinner suit, or our favourite suede jacket or cocktail dress only to find that moths have ravaged through the delicate wool fibres, or discolouration (particularly in cotton, lace and delicate fabrics) has occurred, or mould spots have started to appear. 

Has this happened to you?

 

If you are using plastic, non-woven or nylon fabric garment bags to store your beloved and cherished garments, please don't!

Plastic garment bagsThese types of garment bags may be less expensive to purchase or a 'quick fix' short term (less than 6 months) or for travel purposes, and that is fine. However, it is important to note that these unfavourable garment bags can also have detrimental consequences, long term, not only to your garments but also to the environment. When you are storing your garments for 6 - 12 months and beyond, they can do more harm than good! This, I learnt from personal experience.

  

  

Did you know our garments need to breathe?

  • Plastic, non-woven and nylon garment bags do not allow sufficient air flow to circulate in and around your garments, which can have damaging effects, sometimes irreparable (more on this below.)
  • These types of 'market-ready' garment bags also have a tendency to crumble over time, especially the plastic and non-woven fabrics.
  • If you are storing your garments like jam-packed sardines in your wardrobe or storage space, it is even worse, as absolutely no air can circulate in and around your garments' or through the fabric fibres. This can potentially incur costly garment repairs.

Our garments simply need to cleaned before long term storage and fresh air to breathe and prolong their longevity.

 

Reducing Plastic Bag Usage

Land fillWith the ban and minimisation of plastic bag use being implemented, these plastic and non-woven garment bags do no favours for the environment/land fill and can take up to 200 years to dispose of, if at all.

 

Make the Change

100% Cotton Garment Covers. Regular and Large Combo PackInstead, by storing your garments in a natural fibre such as 100% cotton garment covers, it is guaranteed to safeguard your garments' and promote their longevity (more on this below) and they're eco-friendly, breathable and acid free.

 

Open window, fresh airTIP: Every 6 to 12 months take out your garments; suits, dresses, coats and jackets etc and simply air them out in the fresh air (away from direct sunlight) for 1 to 2 days - especially if you don't wear them all that often. They will love you for it! And it will prolong the integrity of the fabric and the fibres so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come.

 

Need More Information? ... Follow these 5 Tips to Protect and Store your Garments 

1.SAY NO TO PLASTIC DRY CLEANING BAGS

Dry-cleaning-plastic-bagPlastic and Non-Woven garment bags will create excess moisture build up (due to humidity) causing mould and mildew, staining, fabric integrity breakdown, and structural breakdown of the garment. Discolouration can be caused by BHT (butylated hydroxyltolune) an anti-oxidant in the plastic bag. The only purpose of these plastic dry-cleaning bags is to get your freshly pressed garments from the store to home!

Also, throw out the wire hangers that come with your dry-cleaning bag and NEVER leave your clothes stored on wired hangers as the metal can transfer onto the garment over time and leave a nasty, sometimes irremovable, imprint.

 

  

2. AIR FLOW IS ESSENTIAL

Open doors. Fresh airNot only is air flow essential it is also critical to the longevity of your garments and heirlooms. I cannot emphasise this enough. When 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 isolating fan to generate air or air conditioning. Just make sure that air is circulating wherever you are storing your garments for long periods of time to dry out any moisture build-up, and stay away from plastic and non-woven garment bags. Not doing so, will potentially result in mould spores, like what happened with my suede jacket in less than 12 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. STORE YOUR GARMENTS IN 100% COTTON GARMENT BAGS

Garment-Bags-Combo-PacksCotton is a fabric that has many fabulous attributes when it comes to storing your garments for the long term. It is natural, lightweight, breathable, hygienic, acid-free and strong. It is also a low maintenance fabric which makes it easy to wash and is reasonably quick to dry.

Whether you are storing leather, suede, wool, your wedding dress, lace, kaftans, suits, formal dresses, vintage clothing, delicate pieces or costumes -  you can't go past our premium 100% Cotton Garment Bags.

They are the safe and natural alternative to store your clothes and protect the integrity of all your garments and their fabrics.  

Kazzi Kovers offers two generous sizes of custom made Cotton Garment Bags: Regular and Long. Each breathable garment bag is tailored to your needs and can be used for the preservation of your garments, family heirlooms and for travel purposes or for storing your everyday, occasional and seasonal clothing.

 

 

 

 

4. INVEST IN QUALITY WOOD HANGERS

Natural-European-German-Beech-Wood-HangersKazzi Kovers range of FSC® Certified European German Beech Wood Hangers tailored to your needs. Your garments should always be placed on a well-made, wooden coat hanger in a space where air flow can comfortably circulate. Ensure that the shoulder and the arch of the wood hanger supports the structure and shape of your jackets and garments. Never use wire hangers.

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 assurance that our suite of wood products are made from responsibly managed and sustainable forests, for today and for future generations. Available in Natural wood grain and Walnut colours. 

 

5. PROTECT YOUR GARMENTS FROM SUNLIGHT

Avoid direct sunlight on your garments and in your storage space or wardrobe. Excessive heat will create moisture, mould build-up and mildew. Moths also love light, so make sure you protect your garments by storing them in a dark place in your wardrobe, or otherwise.  

 

Final note 

Think carefully about what you are storing and protecting your treasured garments in - particularly if they are heirlooms, pieces that you love such as your wedding dress, wool suits, embellished attire or other garments that you enjoy wearing throughout the seasons. 

Lastly, ensure there is sufficient air circulating in and around your garments. Make the move towards storing and travelling with your garments' in breathable 100% Cotton Garment BagsThey're not only better for the environment, they're also the perfect, natural alternative to plastic, non-woven and nylon garment bags.

 

Remember if you ‘Love it, Cover it!®’

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers

(Updated 21.3.19)

 

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