Spring Is Here! How to Protect and Store Your Winter Items


Winter-items

 

Space is prime property in any wardrobe, closet or drawer. Right? With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to get organised and swap out your winter items and blankets and make room for spring wardrobe necessities.

Here we share a detailed guide to help you with winter clothes storage and choosing the right type of garment bags and storage bags to best protect and preserve your winter and seasonal items.

Plastic and Non-Woven Garment Bags are a No-Go!

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When storing your winter tops, cashmere, dresses, suits, coats, jackets, boots and other seasonal items for long periods of time, we sometimes go for the quick and easy option - just to get it done! 

Plastic vacuum bagsYour garments and winter items should NEVER be stored in plastic and non-woven garment bags, plastic storage boxes and even plastic vacuum bags. These common types of bags and boxes simply cannot breathe. Meaning, they do not allow sufficient air to flow through and nourish the fabric and fibres of your stored items. 

Instead, these bags have the opposite effect. These unfavourable and suffocating materials and fabrics trap moisture, encourage mould build-up, cause discolouration, fading and yellow spots can develop if your wardrobe or storage space is not properly ventilated or in direct sunlight.

These elements can cause irreparable damage and gradual deterioration of your winter items and garments as well, particularly when stored long term (six months or more) and the damage is accelerated in hot and humid conditions.  

100% Cotton Garment Bags are a better, safer option. More on this below.  

Dry Cleaning Plastic Bags

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If you are storing your freshly pressed garments in these plastic dry cleaning bags, they, too, have the same effect as plastic, non-woven, nylon and polyester garment bags - trap moisture, mould, fading - as natural airflow is blocked and your garments cannot breathe, especially when exposed to excessive sunlight and hot and humid conditions. 

 

 

The only purpose of plastic dry cleaning is to transport your dry cleaned clothes from the shop to your home safely. They should NEVER be used to store your wears long term.

Discolouration can also be caused by BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), an anti-oxidant found in these plastic bags which can cause irreparable damage to your garments especially to leathers, suede, velvet, wool, and other delicate and natural fabrics.

Instead, by storing your winter garments in a 100% Cotton Garment Bags, it is guaranteed to safeguard your garments against the elements, maintain fabric integrity and preserve garment longevity.

Why Moths Favour Natural Fibres and Clothing

Moth-holes-in-damaged-winter-garmentMoths, and mainly their larvae, are attracted to human scents, perfume, deodorant, visible and invisible stains, smoke and food. They will relentlessly find a way to raid that fabulous suede jacket or wool coat or pant when conditions are right.



Any lingering scent will also attract moths, especially in the warmer seasons, when moths are most active. Active moths will always gravitate towards natural fibres such as wool, silk, suede, and fur they can (and will) cause irreparable and costly damage to your winter items and accessories including your wool scarves and cashmere jumpers. So always remember to wash and thoroughly dry out your winter woollies before any long term storage to prevent moth damage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACT: When moths lay their eggs (the larvae), it is the larvae that munch through your winter woollies and cause those unsightly holes, as it is the larvae that need to feed - to grow - to eventually develop into moths. Your clothing is their food source and nourishment for the larvae, not always the moths. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plastic and non-woven garment bags will crumble and deteriorate easily (especially in warm conditions) and this creates an 'all-access pass' for the moths and silverfish to get to your winter woollies quicker and they will cause damage. 

Once they've made their way through the garment cover, I can guarantee they'll bee-line for your favourite wool suit! I know, because this is EXACTLY what happened to the wool pants that I cherished. (See picture).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Has this also happened to you?

Moth damage to wool pants

     

     

    Open doors and fresh airQUICK TIP: Every 6-12 months take out your garments; suits, dresses, jackets, coats, pants, scarves etc and simply air them out in the fresh air for 1 to 2 days - especially if you don't wear them all too often. They'll love you for it! And it will prolong the integrity of the material fibres and your winter garments' longevity.

     

     

    QUICK TIPS: Air | Wash | Dry | Store your Winter Garments

    • Air out your garments once you've worn them.
    • Follow the care instructions on the item of clothing and wash accordingly.
    • Make sure you thoroughly dry out your tops, dresses, suits, jackets, coats before storing them long term in 100% Cotton Garment Bags.
    • Store your winter wears in an area where air can circulate in and around your garments. Make sure you leave a space between your garments so they are not sandwiched like sardines in your wardrobe. 
    • Open windows and doors to let the fresh air flow through. If your wardrobe, walk-in-robe or closet is in an enclosed area with no access to window and doors or backs onto an ensuite or bathroom (wet area), then take advantage of ceiling fans, air conditioning or you can use an isolating fan to dry out any excess moisture and generate airflow to avoid mould and moisture build-up. Do this regularly, especially in the summer months.  

    100% Cotton Garment Bags - Winter Garment Protection

    So if you're worried about those pesky insects, dust, dirt, mould and moisture affecting your winter woollies, then storing your beloved pieces and heirlooms in breathable cotton garment bags is your safest option. Guaranteed. 
    Kazzi Kovers offers a range of stylish, premium garment bags. Each cover is crafted from natural 100% Cotton and offers fantastic benefits to better protect and store your garments so you can enjoy wearing your winter woollies for years to come. 
    • Garment bags make wardrobe organisation simple and easy.
    • Suitable for Ladies and Gents.
    • Each cream-coloured garment bag is available in two generous sizes - Regular and Large.
    • Our garment bags are equipped with a full-length, side-zipper for quick and easy access.
    • A double-stitched, strong cotton loop is sewn in at the bottom for your convenience, so it's simple for you to fold the bag over when travelling. 
    • Ideal for home, storage and travel purposes.

    They're just perfect (even if we do say so ourselves!)

    Kazzi Kovers Garment Bags | 100% Cotton

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    A little extra care goes a long way when it comes to protecting and storing your winter items.

    Remember to clean, wash and fully dry out your winter garments and accessories to repel moths and insects. Ensure that winter items are stored in breathable 100% Cotton Garment Bags, and not in plastic or non-woven bags.

    Cotton has many fabulous attributes. It is a breathable fabric that allows air to comfortably circulate in and around your wardrobe, closet or storage space and at the same time promotes garment longevity - so you can enjoy wearing for winter woollies for years to come. 

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    Thank you for reading.  

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

    Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers

    Updated 19.01.2020.

     

    Maria Kazzi | Kazzi Kovers

     

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    A little extra care for your small winter items

    Now you've organised your winter jackets and coats, here are some great ideas for storing your smaller winter accessories including scarves, beanies, gloves, hats and fascinators.                       

    scarf-belt-dust-bag-travel-storageSCARF STORAGE: Rather than having your scarves hanging from the door or taking up valuable space in your wardrobe for the most part of the year, Kazzi Kovers 100% Cotton Scarf Storage Bags are the perfect alternative to store your scarves until needed.

    Just ensure that you store like-to-like materials and fibres together. Such as; wool scarves in one cover and synthetic or polyester scarves in a separate cover. The same goes for beanies and gloves.
    This sassy and practical cotton bags can be stored on top of each other in a drawer, or on a shelf - just ensure that air-flow is sufficient particularly if humidity is an issue in your area. 

    Hat fascinator dust coverHATS AND FASCINATOR STORAGE: Hat boxes lack air circulation and over time can cause your prized hat or favourite fascinator to discolour and potentially cause material breakdown (this happened to my wide-brimmed yellow hat when it was stored in a hatbox for a few years - so disappointing!)
    Again, remember to store like-to-like fabrics (see scarf storage) or one hat per cover, side by side or in different locations.
    Unless your hats are of similar design and structure, it is not advisable to store hats on top of each other to avoid structure depletion of the hat. You can also utilise Kazzi Kovers 100% Cotton Covers to safeguard your fascinators until the next race day or special occasion. 





    Storing your winter items in a climate-controlled environment, or where air-flow is sufficient does help to minimise mould and pesky little insects from damaging your clothes and accessories, particularly if you would like to enjoy wearing your winter garments or special pieces for years to come.
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