With winter coming to an end and spring is just around the corner, one may find themselves with winter clothes that are no longer necessary in the warm weather. Storage units provide the perfect solution to your storage woes.  When packing away clothes, it is very important to use essential preparation methods, as an extended period of time spent in an unfavorable environment can cause damage to your clothes.  Below we will identify some important packing tips to prepare your belongings for storage.

 

  1. Place your clothing in protective containers. Exposure to air can stimulate mold growth and create breeding grounds for bacteria. Store your clothes in plastic containers, cedar chests, or wardrobe boxes. If not using the aforementioned storage containers, a cardboard box will do in a pinch if the clothes are carefully wrapped to ensure that no foreign substances will contaminate their contents. Make sure that you do not vacuum seal your containers, as the dearth of ventilation creates ideal conditions for the foreign substances already on your clothing to thrive and prosper. One must also make sure that the container one keeps their clothes in does not have any sort of glue adhesive in the container, as the glue adhesive is very attractive to bugs and other insects that will cause irreparable damage to your clothing.
  2. Use preservatives: Certain preservatives may be useful for ensuring that valuable items of clothing remain unblemished during their time in storage. These preservatives include acid-free tissue paper and chemical desiccants. Both preservatives will discourage mold and mildew growth on your clothes as the paper creates a sterile environment between your clothes, while desiccants remove water from materials such as fibers, weave, and silk. They are considered drying agents. and are extremely effective in ensuring that your clothing will remain moisture free throughout storage. This will prevent mildew and mold growth.
  3. Choose a climate controlled storage unit: Wet or damp conditions can create mildew growth on your clothing which damages the fibers and can render clothing unwearable. Furthermore, wet, dark, and damp conditions can attract unwanted visitors such as rodents, insects and bacteria. When looking for a storage unit, look for one that is well ventilated, dry, cool, and dark.

When spring rolls around and your winter clothes are taking up space, consider putting them in a storage unit. With the right precautionary steps, one can ensure that winter clothes will remain well maintained and completely blemish free all spring and summer long, until they are unpacked in the winter.