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 short term storage. Other than that, they have no real long term storage benefits. In fact, the opposite.

Suppose you store your garments in these plastic garment covers in a hot and humid wardrobe (or any storage area) with little to no ventilation. In that case, the effects are even more detrimental, and you're doing more harm than good to your beloved pieces.  

You only realise that the damage has been done when the next 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 or mould has developed due to unfavourable storage conditions. 

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

How to protect your garments and preserve their longevity.

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 or any garment, you must 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.   

GARMENT DAMAGE 

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 1.5 years. Mould spores had developed, particularly on the hem of the jacket.

 

I thought, how could this happen? I believed that using a plastic garment bag to "protect" my jacket would suffice.

I was 'protecting' my jacket, right? Wrong. I realised that storing my leather jacket in a plastic garment bag inhibited any fresh air circulating around my leather. 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 unexpected error caused a lengthy and costly process to remove the mould professionally, as I love this jacket and wanted to save it!

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 AUD$85 to have the mould professionally removed from my jacket. No one wants that! And, all because I had stored my jacket in a plastic garment bag!

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

 

 

DISCOLOURATION AND YELLOW SPOTS

These unsightly stains and spots can develop in natural fibres such as cotton, lace, silk, and delicate fabrics. This is again due to not laundering your garments properly before long term storage, insufficient air circulation and storing your cherished garments in plastic garment bags, non woven or nylon garment bags.

Mould spores can also start to appear, and 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". Unfortunately, that is not always the case and probably why you are searching for more information on garment care and long term storage. You've come to the right place :)

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 beloved garments, long term, in these useless bags. 

Instead, storing your garments in a natural fabric, such as 100% cotton garment covers, are guaranteed to safeguard your garments and promote their longevity, particularly for long term storage - more on this below.  

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| 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 usage being implemented in Australia and other parts of the world. This will better protect our precious environment and reduce landfills for future generations. Plastic and non woven materials can take up to 200 years to dispose of, if at all.  

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GARMENT BAGS

There are various types of garment bags. The main materials are non woven, PEVA, PVC, plastic garment bags and plastic dry cleaning bags. 

Different types of garment bags

Non woven, PEVA and PVC garment bags are not breathable and can cause moisture to be trapped in and around your garments. 

For many years, I stored my garments in these plastic storage bags. I learned that trapped moisture has nowhere to go in hot and humid conditions except to be absorbed into your stored garments - causing sometimes irreparable damage, like what happened to my leather jacket, which I was lucky enough to save - at a cost!

I also learned the hard way that using these types of bags to store your garments long term can also stain, discolour, and fade your clothing and cause fabric and structural breakdown. Today, I avoid them altogether.

Plastic dry cleaning bags should NEVER be used to store your garments. The only purpose of these bags is to get your freshly-pressed clothes from the dry cleaners to your home safely. That is it! 

Although some dry cleaners have gone "green", the standard clear plastic bags used 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 imperfections 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 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. It all helps. 

 

The metal from these wire hangers can tarnish and then transfer onto your garments when stored for extended periods. These ultra thin hangers provide no support to your garments and can sometimes leave a permanent imprint on your clothes, particularly on the shoulders. The same goes for velvet hangers. They're thin and useless, and once the velvet on the hangers crumbles, the exposed wire underneath leaves your garments open to damage.  

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 fanHow do you do this? 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 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. 

 

 

 

THE SOLUTION

STORE YOUR GARMENTS IN 100% COTTON GARMENT BAGS

Your garments will love you for it! And you'll get many years of garment wearability when your garments are well protected and stored. 

Why cotton is AWESOME (and why we love it!)

  • Eco-Friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Soft and Malleable Fabric
  • Acid-Free
  • Hygienic
  • Durable and Strong
  • Low Maintenance Fabric
  • Easy To Wash
  • Quick to Dry
  • + More.

Kazzi Kovers Premium 100% Cotton Garment Bags are stylishly designed and purposed to safeguard all types of garments and prolong their longevity so you can enjoy wearing your treasured pieces for years to come.  

Kazzi Kovers 100% Cotton Garment Bags | Regular and Large

AVAILABLE IN REGULAR AND LARGE SIZES. Our premium cotton garment bags are purposed and designed to store and safeguard your every day, occasional, seasonal garments and delicate pieces, including your suits, dresses, jackets, coats, formal attire, wedding dress, kaftans, heirlooms, costumes, sporting gear and more. (See detailed list below.)

FULLY ENCLOSED. FULL LENGTH, EASY-GLIDE ZIP. You'll also find comfort in knowing that each cotton garment bag is fully enclosed and includes a self healing, full length side zip for easy access. That is, once you fully zip up your Kazzi Kovers garment bag, it makes it virtually impossible for dust and dirt to enter, and it also creates a natural barrier for those nasty insects (especially moths) from entering and piercing your garments. 

A self healing zip means if the zipper (or zip teeth) were to come apart or  misalign, get stuck, or the zip puller was to slip off from the tracking, you unzip and rezip the garment from end to end to 'heal' and reseal the zip. We love this added feature, as the garment bag is guaranteed to keep your garments secure, fully enclosed and protected at all times.  

Reinforced garment bag opening | 8 cm

GARMENT BAG HANGER OPENING. The sheer weight of the garments that you are storing will weigh down the cotton garment bag and seal off the slit at the top where your hanger is inserted.

The sealed opening will prevent dirt, dust etc. from entering the garment bag and further protects your garments from the elements, including dust and dirt and those unwanted crazy critters.

 

COTTON LOOP AT THE BOTTOM. We've included a 100% cotton loop at the bottom of each bag so you can hang, fold, travel, and store your garment bag for the purpose intended and convenience.

See Kazzi Kovers Garment Bag Packages, or all options are displayed below for your convenience. Our Garment Bags are also available in black and white.  

INVEST IN QUALITY WOOD HANGERS

When choosing the right hanger, always store your garment on a well-made wooden hanger. This ensures that the shoulder contour of the hanger and the arch of the wood hanger support your garments' structure and shape. The contour or framework of the wood hanger should mimic your shoulders.

Never use wire hangers.

Kazzi Kovers Wooden 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, jackets, wedding gown, or  formal gowns, 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 is 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.

FSC® 100% | Kazzi Kovers Licence No. N002760.

All Kazzi Kovers wooden 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 damaging, costly and ineffective. They provide no real benefit to the long term storage of your garments.

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

I hope the 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: 3rd December 2021.  

Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers®
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