Did you know that your clothing may become stained just by hanging in your closet? Or that stains you may already have on clothing can worsen over time? Read these clothing storage tips from Klinke Cleaners.

Have you ever gone to your closet and pulled out a white shirt that seems to have yellowed even though you haven’t worn it for a long time? This is most likely a storage problem and could actually have been prevented if you use the following clothing storage tips from Klinke Cleaners.

No Plastic Bags – If you get your clothing back from a drycleaner in a plastic bag you may be tempted to leave it in the bag, especially if you’re storing the item for a season or two. This is actually a bad idea as you may be inviting fume fading. Fume fading is a color change in fabrics from impurities in airborne gases. If your dark colors fade lighter and your whites yellow in vertical stripes, then you most likely have fume fading. Dry cleaning will typically not fix fume fading. Plastic bags, basements and hot areas all lead to fume fading.

Treat All Stains Immediately – It probably happens more often than we want to admit. We get a stain on our clothing and we don’t realize it, we ignore it or just forget about it. But that stain hasn’t disappeared and is probably slowly destroying your fabric, often through oxidation. Your drycleaner might be able to help you after the fact, but they are certainly very beneficial when you first get a stain. 

Avoid Mold/Mildew – Mold and mildew can grow in warm, damp environments that don’t have a lot of fresh air or circulating air. Mildew is actually a microorganism that attacks animal and vegetable fibers and it can leave a stain and/or odor. It’s sometimes possible to correct a mildew stain but the more important step is having all other clothing stored with that item dry cleaned to prevent damage to additional pieces. 

If you have questions about how to store your clothing or how to treat any stains, please contact your local Klinke Cleaners to see if they have the solution.