The other day I realized I haven’t worn my winter coat in a long while – time to store it away! Here are a couple things to consider when storing seasonal clothing like your winter coat.
The most important thing is to have your coat professionally cleaned. Stains set and darken over time. A stain you can’t see now may turn black over a few months. Even if you wear your coat one time after you’ve cleaned it, you will leave oils that both attract insects and deteriorate fabric.
Seasonal clothing should be stored in a dry, well-ventilated, dark area. Cedar chest or closets are one of the best places to store clothing in your home as the cedar keeps away the bugs. If you’re using a closet, you can add cedar hangers or cedar balls to deter insects. Moth balls are toxic for humans and leave a putrid smell in your clothing so cedar really is a better choice to keep critters away. Basements and attics should be avoided as they are often moist and can promote mildew/mold growth in your clothes.