How To Properly Store Fabric Items

How To Properly Store Fabric Items

Whether you are looking to store baby clothes, extra bedding, or even fabrics for your next craft project, it’s important to know how to keep them protected. Fabrics are very susceptible to damage. Pests like moths and carpet beetles will eat fabric. Fabric can also deteriorate or develop mold if stored in moist conditions. To keep them protected in your Austin storage unit, here are some helpful tips.

  1. Wash The Fabrics

Before you pack your fabric items, you want to make sure that they are clean. Any dirt or stains on them can lead to deterioration, discoloration, and bad smells. You also want to avoid cleaning your fabrics with any perfumed detergents, because the residual oils can stain and yellow fabrics over time.

  1. Create An Inventory System

Any time you store your items in a Austin storage unit, you’ll want to create an inventory system. This will help you easily access the items when you want to pul them. We recommend grouping like items with like items. For example, sheets, quilts, and pillows should be stored together, while clothing like dresses, hats, and coats should be stored together. Make labels and create a list of these items. It’s also good to have a list of items for insurance purposes.

  1. Invest In Plastic Bins

A lot of people opt to store their items in cardboard. However, cardboard disintegrates over time. Plus, pests can easily chew through cardboard and get into the boxes. Instead, invest in some plastic bins. If possible, get airtight bins. These bins will keep pests, moisture, and other damaging elements out. 

  1. Consider Hanging Your Clothes

For long term storage, hanging is better than folding. Folds can create wear over time. A hanging bar with airtight, plastic clothing bags is the best way to store these items. However, some clothes can’t be hung because it can warp them. If you have anything particularly delicate, like your wedding dress or baptism clothing, call your local dry cleaner. They have preservation systems that can help protect these items for generations.

  1. Layer With Acid-Free Tissue Paper

If you do fold your fabric items, consider placing layers of acid-free tissue paper between the items. This will protect them from rubbing against one another and degrading the fibers. It will also help keep clothing dyes from bleeding onto other items. If your clothing has metal items like zippers or metal clasps or embellishments like rhinestones, consider wrapping these in tissue paper as well. This will help prevent any snagging.

These five tips will help ensure that anything fabric items you store in your Austin storage unit. Further, you should consider getting a storage unit with climate control for fabric items, since they are so susceptible to damage from moisture or heat. At Austin Mobile Storage, we have the perfect storage units for fabrics. We offer a variety of sizes, climate control, and can even move the items for you. Give us a call to learn more about how our storage units can protect your beloved fabric items.