Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday 5: Essentials for Storing Your Vintage

 Ok now this is a long one but I wanted to help you store and care for it!

1. Get to know Them!
One thing people neglect to do when adding Vintage to their lives is getting to know the fabrics! Now as trivial as that may seem, learning fabric characteristics, especially with vintage items where labels are sometimes scarce, can be the key to proper laundering and storage for your fabrics.
Check out my Pintrest Board here to see a few cheat sheets!

2. Love them Tenderly
From the first day you bring them home, gentle! Fabrics that are sometimes 20 plus years old have been through a lot so try not to add to the stress. Wear them sparingly on occassions when the elements won't be harsh especially on pieces with delicate beading and stitching. 

3. Find them a Proper Home! 
Make sure you find just the right place in your home to store your vintage where natural elements won't further add to their aging. We all know that sunlight can be damaging so it's best to keep them in a Dark, non damp place that's  cool in temperature. Closests are usually best even for those items like your good cashmere  that you don't hang.  Remember to keep this space clean!

4. Get them the Proper Roomie
While it may not seem like a concern moths and carpet beetles can do to town on your vintage goodies. Protect them by moving some cedar wood rings or blocks in with them. Another option is a cedar chest or dresser. The oils inside the wood act as a natural repellent! Keep in mind though that it will dry out over tile so sand those chesters every few years and change out the inserts. Also don't allow your textiles to come in direct contact with the wood so space your inserts and no cedar hangers. Add a little lavender as well to ward them off and leave your space smelling fresh!

5. Protect Them From the Elements
Keep your eyes things covered. While garment bags are a great solution, be mindful of using the right ones. Natural fabrics like cotton serve as a greataterial for preserving textiles. It's breathable and won't trap moisture like plastics. Covering pieces in old cotton fabrics or sheets you're no longer using is a great option. Acid free paper serves as a great liner and covering agent for clothes in storage especially your non hangables (not sure if that's a word) or prices that may loose their shape if hung too long. 


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