Storage of Clothes
Clothes require care not only during their use but also while they are stored. The weather is not the same all the year round; hence there is a need for specific fabric storage. If large number of clothes is there a small room or store can be used for the purpose. Otherwise, a cupboard or a shelf can also be used. A good storage space should have certain desirable features :
· It should be well lighted and not very dark.
· The shelves should be in plenty and smooth. These should not be too high because it becomes difficult to store the clothes.
· The shelves should be deep.
· They should be covered with paper.
· Drawers can also be used to store clothes and are safer as compared to shelves.
· If a cupboard is used, the door should be properly closed.
· The storage space should be dry, insect free and away from dust and dirt.
· The clothes should be dust free. They should be brushed. Pocket should be emptied out and should be exposed to sun before storing.
· The garments should be washed before storing.
· Clothes should not be kept in damp condition. Moisture causes mildew which may damage the clothes.
· To prevent damage from insect, moths etc. repellents such as tobacco, dried neem leaves can be used in the storage. Naphthalene balls and odonil etc. are quite effective. Even camphor is considered to be useful.
· New white cloth should be wrapped up so as to avoid yellowing, if they are to be stored for long time.
· If clothes are to be stored for long time, one must keep changing their folds as some clothes can crack at folds.
· Starched clothes should not be stored for a long time.
· Mending of all tears should be done before storing to prevent tears from becoming larger.