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Tips to protect the clothes in your cupboard


We've all been there – moth-eaten holes in your favourite wool jersey, a tear in your best pair of work pants, dust on your cream shirt or digging deep into your wardrobe only to find out that your favourite formal dress has faded since you last wore it. There are so many ways in which your clothes and shoes can perish over time, especially when you're storing them away in your cupboard for long periods.

Luckily there are many ways in which you can protect your favourite items of clothing for the test of time, ensuring they maintain their quality so that you can wear them again and again. In order to help you protect your clothes and shoes, to keep them in good shape even when you're not wearing them, we've put together some handy tips for you to follow:

Keep them cool and dry:
Mould and mildew thrive in warm, damp conditions and can have a devastating effect on your clothes, especially on cotton. In order to ensure that your wardrobe and clothes stay mould and mildew free you should always ensure that clothes are 100% dry before you fold them and put them back into your wardrobe. If your wardrobe has a tendency towards being humid then an easy way to help absorb any moisture is to keep some chalk on one of the shelves.

Stuff your shoes and handbags:
Oftentimes when storing our shoes and bags in our cupboards they pile up on top of each other and get squashed and misshapen. An easy way to prevent this from happening is to stuff your handbags and shoes with some tissue paper in order to maintain their shape. You can also use shoe trees and shoe shapers to prevent your shoes from being squashed and losing shape in your wardrobe.

Moth-proof your wardrobe:
There is nothing worse than unpacking your winter wardrobe during autumn only to discover that your favourite woollen jersey has some moth-eaten holes. This is why it is crucial to moth-proof your cupboard, especially during the summer. The easiest solution to this problem is to get mothballs as they protect your clothes and moth-proof your wardrobe. It's important to remember that mothballs should be stored in sealed containers in your wardrobe and not in direct contact with clothes as they are made of hazardous chemicals. Another option which can serve as a bug and moth deterrent is cedar blocks or cedar oil.

Garment bags:
When it comes to formalwear, you're more than likely not going to be wearing it every day. That means you're going to need to store it in a way that keeps it in the best possible condition for long periods of time. One of the best ways to achieve this is by putting these types of clothes in garment bags. Garment bags aren't only for transporting clothes, they are also great for wardrobe storage as they help prevent wrinkles and keep out the dust and bugs.

Fold your jerseys:
Hanging heavier items of clothing such as jerseys can cause them to stretch over time. To help them keep their shape and prevent your favourite jerseys from stretching, you should rather fold them and store them on a shelf or in a drawer.

Avoid wire and plastic hangers:
Wire and plastic clothes hangers can stretch the shoulders of your clothes over time, which can cause them to lose their shape. Consider purchasing better quality hangers that have thicker wood or material arms, that will help your clothes stay in better shape

Shoe bags:
Another great way to ensure that your shoes do not get badly scuffed - especially your more expensive shoes - is to keep them in shoe bags. This will ensure that they do not get scuffed or squashed while sitting in your wardrobe for long periods of time. Flannel shoe bags are the best option as they do not trap moisture and thus prevent mould and mildew from setting in.

If you follow these easy clothes protection tips you can ensure that your clothes stand the test of time, staying in tip top shape no matter how long you leave them in your wardrobe.

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