Spring is officially here, which means you’ve probably got the itch to pack away those heavy winter coats for a few months. We’re right there with you, but before you throw them in a bin under your bed, STOP. If you want to preserve your coats so you’re able to wear them season after season, proper storage is critical. Lucky for you, we got the scoop on how to store winter coats and it’s actually pretty easy. Get the tips and tricks below.
1. Clean everything. Dry clean wool and cashmere coats; machine wash puffy coat and dry them in the dryer with tennis balls. Your coats are exposed to countless germs, oils and fluids so you want to make sure those are all gone before storing. Be sure to check all pockets for papers, money, gum and other items both before and after cleaning your coats.
2. Seal them up. Fasten all buttons and zip all zippers to ensure your coats maintain their original shape while in storage.
3. Get the right supplies. Wool and cashmere coats need to be placed on durable wooden or velvet hangers in breathable fabric garment/storage bags; puffy coats can be stored in vacuum-packed plastic bags.
4. Put them in the right place. The key to preserving your coats during the summer months is making sure you keep them in a cool (around 65 degrees Fahrenheit), dry, dark place. It’s best to hang wool and cashmere coats on sturdy hangers in cool closet, but you can also lay them flat in a large storage bin if you’re short on closet space. Make sure they fit comfortably in the bin to avoid wrinkles.
5. Consider cedar blocks. If you’re worried about insect infiltrating your coats while they’re in storage, invest in small cedar blocks. Not only are they an effective repellant, but they’ll keep your coats smelling nice while they’re in storage.
6. Avoid plastic garment bags. Most coats, but especially leather, suede and down-filled coats, need to breathe, which means you should stay away from plastic garment bags. Instead, choose fabric storage bags. Vacuum-seal bags are also space-saving alternative for puffy coats.