Before storing, always wash items with the appropriate Laundress detergent according to fabric type. Wash your woolen sweaters with Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, silk and delicate blouses, skirts, and dresses with Delicate Wash, or Signature Detergent for cotton button down shirts, linen pants and tops or other durable synthetics. Proper cleaning will prevent perfume, body products, body oil, food and dirt stains from setting into the fabric, which can cause staining and attract critters. Do not store items that are starched, and consider slipping a few Lavender Pouches into your storage space to keep fabrics smelling fresh.
When it comes to storage containers, never stow items in plastic or cardboard. Plastic containers, cardboard, and dry cleaner bags may look neat, but they are not suitable for long term textile storage as they attract and encourage bugs and bug reproduction.
Items should be stored in a space that’s clean, cool, dark and dry—ideally in a spare closet or bedroom. You should avoid attics or basements as these often humid and damp areas are breeding grounds for moth, mold, and mildew. Extreme temperatures will damage textiles and direct sunlight will fade and deteriorate fabrics as well.