Helpful Tip to preserve your clothes in storage

Hey all,

I just got around to write a blog in my store news earlier this week that I’m sharing here, too.  I figure some shoppers don’t have time to read whilst shopping  but possible that you can set out some time to read a newsletter. And sure this is  up before any other catch up about our stores development. But it’s just a little twist to get more from the talents on Full Potential Is About You.

What I’m offering is a useful laundry to storage tip. Why? Well, one because I know it well, it was passed on to me by a seamstress and it was how I handled an unexpected conversation about ink prints on clothes and how long a piece of clothing last to wear for long.  I want my advisors and shoppers to know over and over again that the quality of prints on my tops are excellent and hold well through many washes. The printing teams with our suppliers have been in operation for several years for so many other brands and are so supportive of us to get our customers a great experience in purchasing a unique shirt design from us. Like the mugs and phone cases the prints are durable.

No kidding around, I’m giving you this laundry/storage recipe like I told my advisors. With these few steps when storing clothes for the season, you could keep your tops longer. Your tops (and future bottom sales) can keep looking and feeling almost like new. Read on.

The following is an effective task to do when you’re the sort of person who loves to keep a few garments in your wardrobe to wear the next appropriate season if the clothes aren’t your everyday fashion. It works with all fabrics and you’ll need three things and the clothes–the storage bag/container, the tissue paper you use in gift bags/wrapping and some table salt from your salt shaker (not pinches or splashes from your hand).
Think about your new wardrobe items from our shop or those other items you are wearing for this season. Consider that you would wear them again the next cold season and they may not be selling next yea (But I will be in operation). You’ll do all the necessary to wash them right, get them pressed/iron whenever necessary and you keep the threads neat. Well, you know that come around March or April next year, you’ll have to decide that you’ve kept that shirt/top or bottom as best you could and it looks nearly new. So normally, you would put them away or leave them on hangers hoping they’ll be just as fabulous to wear when the weather changes. Well, I got something to share. Read on.

Fabric on shirts or bottoms wear off in the threads that can get meshed and hardened over time and washes. They don’t seem to bounce back to the same softness and some appear like the fabric is weaker because it doesn’t feel thick. But that’s not thinning out, that’s the hardening of the fabric and it starts to spread out and lose the texture you liked when you bought it. When the fabrics are not getting worn and are stored in dark spaces, it’s like their losing breath. Ever heard that fabrics need to breathe. Well, fabrics/textiles are particles of our world and need breath, too.

Besides the feel, clothing also lose color in wash, when you prespire during workouts and even when the clothes are stored away. Many fabric tints are inks that take other processes on the material so that they don’t get on our skin. Still, those inks are much like pens and markers. You know when you leave your pens sitting in your stationary unused, well, they get dry. And like used pens and markers that are put away or left hanging in a stack, the clothes appear dull next season and will be scratchy when you wear them again. Washing them straight out of storage before putting them on would be cruel on the fabric and not where I suggest you start to preserve color and texture of your garments.

Here it is (if you want to trust my advice, I suggest you take one or two items you can store today until the next season so that you decide to do this continuously every season with your clothes–tailored suits or dresses would be ideal or even that t-shirt that you gotta wear again to the beach or your holiday retreat):

1. Make sure your garments are washed and fully dry before you store.

2. If you are using storage vacuum sealed bags,

a. Lay a gift tissue flat in front of you and sprinkle salt across the sheet lightly.
b. Fold your shirt or other garment in a way that the print color shows, so that the printed area is laid atop of the flat tissue paper and in touch with the sprinkle of salt.
c. If you are piling clothes into the storage bag, I suggest you repeat the process with each garment and keep a sheet of tissue (with the sprinkle of salt) between each garment.
c. Seal your bag as per the instruction given and wait to see the difference next season. Read on.

3. If you are using a box container (plastic, wicker or any other)

a. First wipe the inside of the box and inside of lid with a lightly damp cloth. *The cloth should be prepared in a small bowl of room temperature water with a scoop of table salt. Let the container and lid fully dry.
b. Next, lay tissue sheets at the bottom of the container. Sprinkle table salt across the bottom sheet.
c. Now follow the same steps listed above with folding the garment with printed area showing so that the print is laid in the box to face the sprinkled tissue sheet.
d. And layer each garment the same way with a tissue sheet. It would be just as effective for preserving the clothes if you lay out several garments side to side in each layer of the box.
e. If your garment has print on front and back, no worries which printed area to put face down on the tissue sheet. The difference my tip gives is that the preserving effect will seap through for the full garment whilst the items are stored. Read on. I’ll explain.
f. After filling the container with your garments, lay tissue on top of the last layer and seal with dry lid.

Finally, pile and put away your bags/boxes for the season and you’ll see a difference next time. The next season, you’ll have your tops and bottoms look refreshed and like new to wear straightaway.

In sum,

  • the salt feeds breath to the fabrics when stored away.
  • And the light stickiness on tissue sheets will react with the salt and fabric daily to create static between garments.
  • The static breath that is created between the garment, salt and sheet will spread throughout the storage containers you use and consistently feed breath into your garments.
  • That reaction is what preserves the thread count and colors on clothes whilst they just lay in bags and boxes for long months. It’s the breath for your garments to survive.

It’s a technique that has been applied by textile and fabric printing companies for long to hold stock of products they hold for clothing companies and such. And just as effective to apply at home to upkeep those garments you just don’t want to lose.

One more thing, you can apply the same technique when packing luggage for the holiday or business trip to lighten your load. You’ll get a better experience when you pack the clothes in vacuum sealed bags. The benefit here is that the static reaction lightens the weight created within the thread count and print colors on clothes. And the untangible effect that occurs between our garments and atmospheric pressure when travelling abroad. This laundry trick gives you a little more breathing room and space to get the most out of keeping your favourite clothes looking and feeling good.

Well, hope you soon see the difference when you store your clothes this season and will come back to share if it was worth your time.

Vivian, store owner of Full Potential Is About You

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