Best way to store your garments
Properly handling and storing garments between
uses can extend their life and keep them looking their best. The
following storage tips will help you when arranging the wardrobe next
* Traditional hangers with an enlarged, rounded, horizontal bar are
appropriate for folded slacks or pants.
* Knitted garments should be folded and never hung. Hanging can cause
the garment to stretch out of shape.
* Always use fabric support straps or loops, and when necessary sew
additional straps to garments, to reduce stress. These straps help to
distribute the garment weight and minimize the distortion of the garment
in areas, such as the neckline.
* Hang slacks or pants from the cuff or hem, or fold over the rounded
horizontal bar of a pant hanger. This type of hanger will prevent the
pants from developing crease at the thigh.
* Avoid wire hangers, unless they are covered. Wire hangers can rust
and stain fabric, and the metal edges can snag the fabric.
* Provide enough space between hanging garments to allow the garment
to hang naturally, and air to flow around the garment. Allowing space
also prevents wrinkles and garment distortion.
Folded or flat storage
Folded storage is used for items such as sweaters, stretchy clothing,
or delicate and fragile apparel that cannot/should not be hung.
* Use white tissue paper between garment folds to prevent creasing.
Do not fold the garments the same way each time, to help prevent
*Roll items such as underwear and socks, rather than folding. This
will minimize storage space and reduce wrinkling.
* Painted closet shelves, or drawer liners will help prevent garment
snags and protect garments from the natural oils of unfinished wood.