Winter clothes also need love and care before they are forgotten for another year. So if you want to enjoy them after the summer is over, follow the instructions below.

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Storing winter coats and jackets

Just like the duvets and quilts, wash your clothes before you put them away. For the coats and jackets that are made from natural materials like fur, leather, wool, and suede, dry cleaning is the safest option. Washing those fabrics in the washing machine will, most likely, result in damage to the clothes. For all the other fabrics, just read the label. In there you will find useful information on what temperature you should use, the proper detergents, and the right way to dry them. If you can’t decipher all the symbols you can check their meaning.

Once you have dried all the coats and jackets, fasten all the belts, zippers, and buttons up. Check carefully for any damage and see if you can fix it or it needs a tailor.

If you have extra “suit covers”, place the more sensitive jackets there for some extra protection. Hang them on hefty wooden hangers to maintain the original shape and reduce the wrinkles to a minimum.

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Some of those suit covers have dedicated spots for notes. You can write which jacket or coat is inside, that way you will read the labels without having to unzip the covers. This proves practical, especially in limited spaces.

How to prepare coats and jackets for storage

Down jackets, parkas, and puffer coats

In most cases, nylon and puffy down-filled jackets and coats, have no problem being washed in a machine, but that does not mean you shouldn’t read the label first. However, a gentle cycle with cold water and normal laundry detergent should be just the right way to wash them. You can help the fluffiness of your coats and jackets by adding a couple of wool dryer balls in the machine when you wash them. If you don’t have such, fresh tennis balls are also an alternative.

Wool coats

The important thing to understand with wool products is that you should never wash them with hot water, or dry them in the sun. Heat will shrink and damage the fabric. You have two options for DIY cleaning.

You can put the wool coats in the washing machine on a very delicate cycle. Use detergents made especially for wool products and only cold water. In case your washing machine is smelly, read our helpful post on how to clean a washing machine before tossing the wool coats for a wash.

The other way is to hand wash them in a tub with cold water and baby shampoo. Let the coats air dry someplace shady, away from sunlight.

It may be difficult to find a place for all those fur coats in your closet. Good thing our storage crates are large enough.

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How to store woollen sweaters

The above mentioned procedure applies perfectly to woollen sweaters as well. Gentle cycle with cold water and a special detergent is enough to clean your sweaters before you put them away for the summer. Remember that you should never iron them, because, as we mentioned earlier, wool and heat are not good friends, and you will only damage your clothes.

How to store winter boots for the summer

Take out all of your shoes and give them a good wipe up first, to remove all the general dirt and mud accumulated through the winter season. After that, each pair should be cleaned according to its material in order to prevent damage. Leather boots must be cleaned only with a special leather detergent and with a suitable sponge. Same goes for all the other sensitive materials. When you are done with the cleaning, leave the boots to air dry and finish off with a shoe protector or polish.

Stuff the boots with old scruffed newspapers and magazines to maintain the general shape. The best case scenario would be to put them in the original boxes and store them in a cool place with low humidity. If the boxes are not available, place your shoes in a boot bag, or wrap them in a soft cloth. Place lavender sachets in each box, bag or cloth to keep the bugs and musty smell away.

Riding boots and knee-high boots are a bit tricky. You need to secure the length of the boot while in storage. This will prevent the appearing of cracks and wrinkles.

There are numerous options on markets for different inserts that you can use but you can get creative. Empty wine bottles are one of the possible solutions, at least for calf-high boots. However, it is not suitable for all lengths. You can also use a piece of plastic or cardboard that could be rolled to fit the boot. Basically, you need something to simulate your leg, being inside that boot. It will keep the form of the shoes and prevent sagging.

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You can use a clothes peg to keep both boots together. Place the peg at the top of the boots.

Takeaways

Quality winter clothes can keep you warm and dry during the frosty winter. Storing those clothes correctly will only prolong their service. The storing process, as always, starts with a wash so always check the tags on your clothes for washing instructions. That way you won’t damage your clothes while washing them.

It is also a great idea to invest in a couple of suit covers to protect your most delicate and favourite coats. Remember to opt for covers that have some form of tagging option, so you can easily see what is inside, without unzipping it.

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  • Last update: May 8, 2019

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