HOW TO STORE WINTER WOOLLENS
As glimmers of spring punctuate winter's cold, wet days, thoughts turn to longer, warmer weather and fewer layers as we dress each day. Use this transitional time to prepare woollens for a seasonal slumber, ensuring they are stored correctly to stand the test of time.
Start by washing garments with a delicate, wool-friendly detergent checking labels to see if hand-washing or a gentle machine wash is best. Mild formulations like BONDI WASH Wool & Cashmere Wash are specifically formulated for use on knitted fabrics, with conditioning agents to keep woollens soft and fluffy. Ingredients such as 100% natural limonene help repel insects such as moths and silverfish who will feast on clothes if given half a chance.
After washing, ensure garments are completely dry as any lingering moisture will encourage bacteria and mould to flourish, leaving clothes marked and musty. Lay heavy woollens flat on a towel when drying to minimise warping. Never hang wet garments on hangers as the weight of residual water can pull a sweater out of shape and always keep items out of direct sunlight as this can shrink fibres and cause them to fade.
When items are fully dry, use a natural Mist Spray to naturally fragrance and kill airborne bacteria, rendering them ready to be folded and stored away. Fold them neatly and place them into a drawer or onto a shelf in a cool, dry environment. If packing in resealable plastic bags or containers, include some silica sachets or wrap them first in lengths of clean cotton or tissue paper to absorb any moisture. Cloth storage bags lined with tissue are best for more delicate items as they allow the natural fibres to ‘breathe’.
With a little care and effort, a whole winter wardrobe of woollens will be ready for wear when winter next rolls in.