If you live in the north or east of the country, you probably have a whole lot of heavy blankets, jackets, and other things you need to brave the cold, chilly weather. You should definitely use them regularly during the colder months, but when the temperature rises, just stop these in your wardrobes is not enough. In fact, you need to take good care of your wool all year round because they tend to collect dust and microbes due to moisture. They can also become moth eaten or become feeders after being stored incorrectly. Here are our tips to make them last as long as possible:
1. Clean up your wardrobe
Before you start organizing, pull everything out of your wardrobe and start fresh. Wipe the inside completely – Make sure the shelves are properly dusted, vacuumed and cleaned with a wet cloth followed by a dry cloth to leave no moisture. You also need to air it for a day. Make shelves and drawers with newspapers or card paper. If you use plastic boxes, suitcases or metal trays, clean them with a wet cloth and let them dry in the sun. Make sure you brush your woolen clothes lengthwise after each use so that no dust accumulates on them and causes dullness.
2. Clean them on the right
Since wool should not be washed often, try to ventilate it as often as possible – especially if you only use these for a few months and the rest of the year it is packed away without air circulation. Sweaters, pants, tops and skirts should only be washed every fifth or sixth time you wear them. Jackets and coats should not be washed more than twice a season. At the end of the cold months, before packing them away, make sure they are washed or cleaned. Check the label on each garment to see if it can be washed by hand or needs to be cleaned. If you wash an item, you can roll it in a towel to remove excess water. It is best to lay your wool flat on a towel to dry it instead of hanging them on a clothesline as the wet fabric can stretch it out and cause it to lose its shape. Make sure they are completely dried before storage, as wet spots can become breeding grounds for pests and mold.
3. Change the order of clothes
We all tend to have favorites that are kept right in front of the wardrobe so they are easy to grab and go. But when it comes to wool, try turning the clothes held at the front with your stash at the back. The reason for this is the same as above – your wool should be aired out as much as possible. Every fortnight is a good rule of thumb when it comes to rotating your wool.
4. Protect your wool clothes
We all know that mothballs, naphthalene or camphor can protect your wool, but they definitely smell! Chemical-free alternatives are neem, mint and lavender. You can either place dried neem or mint leaves in the bottom of the cupboard or container. If you like the smell of lavender, fill bag bags with dried lavender instead. If you do not have these on hand, put a few drops of lavender or pure neem on cotton balls. Use silica gel gaskets to protect against moisture. If you manage to get a wardrobe made of cedar, it would be a good solution to protect your clothes from insects (especially moths). Of course, not all of us can afford to have special cabinets made of cedar. Instead, you could place a few cedar blocks or chips in your existing wardrobe or containers, but remember to change them once in a while.
When the winter months are behind you and your warm clothes are packed according to our tips, do not forget. Check them occasionally to make sure there are no moths, insects or fungi damaging your clothes. If you are looking for a great new wardrobe (for your summer and winter clothes), check out some of HomeLane’s beautiful wardrobe designs and get inspired.