Storing Your Fabrics When The Season Ends
Updated: Oct 18
As the seasons change, it's essential to prepare your fabrics before storing them for the off-season. Properly storing your fabrics helps preserve their quality and longevity and ensures they remain fresh and ready to use when the seasons change again. If you’re storing your summer clothes, patio cushions, or spring and summer linens, here are some tips for you:
1. Clean and dry your fabrics first. Before storing any fabric, be sure each item is clean and thoroughly dry. Dirt, stains, and even invisible residues can attract insects or lead to the deterioration of the fabric over time. Follow the care instructions for the fabric type, including washing, dry cleaning, or spot cleaning, to remove any dirt or stains. Once clean, allow the fabrics to dry completely to prevent mold or mildew growth.
2. Not all fabrics should be prepared for storage the same way. Natural fabrics like cotton should be stored loosely to allow for airflow. Choose breathable fabric storage bags instead of plastic bags or bins for your natural fabrics. Delicate fabrics like silk and lace should be rolled instead of folded to prevent creasing. Consider using acid-free tissue paper when storing your delicate items. Outdoor fabrics, such as those used for patio furniture, require special attention. Bring these items to Fox Cleaners so we can remove stains, and clean and dry them thoroughly before storage. Fox even offers storage options. We can keep your patio cushions protected over the winter months or store your off-season clothing items, too.
3. Avoid sunlight and moisture. Direct sunlight can cause your fabrics to fade or become discolored. Be sure to store your fabrics away from windows or any other sources of sunlight. Excessive moisture can lead to mold growth. Avoid storing fabrics in damp areas or basements prone to moisture. Even seasonal humidity can lead to musty-smelling fabrics. Use dehumidifiers or moisture absorbers in your storage areas to maintain an optimal humidity level.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your fabrics are properly stored and protected during the off-season. Take the time to care for your fabrics so they will remain in good condition and be ready for use when the seasons change again.
And when you want your fabric items cleaned professionally, trust the dry cleaning and fabric experts at Fox Cleaners! If you are short on storage space, we can even clean and store your seasonal items in our temperature-controlled spaces. Stop by one of our convenient locations, or request pickup and delivery laundry service.