Storing Delicate Clothing

Carefully storing your delicate clothes will ensure they last for years to come.

When preparing old or favorite clothes for storage, pay particular attention to those made of beading, chiffon, rayon, silk, or taffeta. Here are some key points to remember about caring for these delicate fabrics.

  • Roll items when possible to avoid the stretching and creasing that occur on hangers or in folded stacks.
  • When you fold delicate garments, pad them with white, acid-free tissue paper (available in art supply stores). Refold them periodically to minimize creases.
  • Give breathing room to clothes made of natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, silk, and wool. Store them in ventilated containers in a ventilated area.
  • Keep out dust and bright light by covering stored clothes with washed muslin or old cotton sheets. Don’t use new sheets; sizing in unwashed fabrics can have a corrosive effect.

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