Your Ultimate Guide to Storing Clothes

If your wardrobe is a mould magnet and your delicates are covered in moth holes, then it's time to get schooled on the delicate art of storing clothes. Here are the expert tips you need to know.

With the warmer months here, now is the perfect time to stash away the winter woolies and dig out our summer kaftans. But for those of us that live in humid conditions, we know too well the disappointment of discovering an entire fungal eco system colonising your leather boots or moths feasting on your vintage silk dress. Tina Clark, creator of Sagitine, a stylish, practical and functional storage solution, shares her expert tips for storing your clothes and making sure your treasured collection stays in tip top condition.

Leather

Ensure regular cleaning with Bag Butler from Murchison Hume and store in a dry environment.

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Delicate fabrics

Gentle cleaning is the answer. Try to avoid dry cleaning and use Murchison Hume Garment Groom instead. It's really a miracle for those little marks on your silk shirts.

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Vintage items

Handle with extreme care. Store in large boxes with archival quality acid free paper and use aromatic pouches such as those available at Sagitine. The combination deters moths and will ensure your vintage will be looking fabulous for many years and generations to come! 

Shoes

The key to ensuring the longevity of your treasured shoes is to get them heeled and soled as soon as you buy them. Then spray them with waterproofing spray. Repeat the waterproofing spray regularly through the year. Then either use Murchison Hume Bag Butler or Suede Cleaner on a very consistent basis and storing them will be a dream. Of course a dry environment is a must!

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Evening dresses

We tend to only wear our evening dresses a couple of times per year. Make sure they are clean and then wrap them in acid free paper and store them in a large box.

Wedding gowns

The storage of wedding dresses is a real art. Most will do so and only check them once or twice in a lifetime. Thorough cleaning, acid free paper, and the environment are all a must to monitor. Regular checks and refreshers of aromatic pouches and cedar sticks certainly help too. 

Purses

As with any leather item, ensure regular cleaning and a dry environment.

Jeans

The experts say never to wash denim - but for most of us we are pretty keen to wash our jeans. Turning them inside out definitely helps with their longevity. Hang them on wooden hangers for easy use.

Blouses

Depending on the fabric, hang clean blouses on a wooden or silk hanger.

T-shirts

Store them folded in a dry environment. Moth holes are so common in cotton, so ensure you use cedar sticks and aromatic pouches in your storage boxes and drawers to keep the moths away.

Tall boots

Get them heeled and soled as soon as you buy them and then spray them with waterproofing spray. Repeat the waterproofing spray regularly through the year especially when they are bearing the brunt of winter weather! Store them in boxes in a dry environment when not in use. 

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