Whether it's excess bed linens or heirloom quilts, packing those you don't currently need into your storage unit can free up space in your overflowing linen closet. The problem is you don't want your linens to develop stains or suffer pest damage while they're in a storage unit, especially if it is handmade antique quilts or embroidered table cloths. The following tips can help you avoid some of the common issues.
Tip #1: Wash Wisely
Take the time to wash everything before you store it, even if it hasn't been used since it was last laundered. Examine each piece for stains and treat these before washing, otherwise they may become permanently set during a long storage period. Skip the fabric softener or dryer sheets – the odor of these may attract pests. If you iron any of your linens, it's best to also skip the starch. Starch can result in a yellow stain on stored fabric. Once everything is clean, make sure it is thoroughly dry before storing.
Tip #2: Fold Fastidiously
Tightly folded linens with crisp edges can become worn along the folds, since the fabric fibers are under stress. It's better to fold things loosely. For thinner items, you can fold them around a piece of acid-free cardboard so the folds aren't pressed as crisply. Also, make sure items aren't folded in the middle of any fancy hand embroidery, since this can result in snapped embroidery threads.
Tip #3: Package Properly
Wrap each item in a sheet of acid-free packing paper. This will help prevent any staining in storage. Then, fill a box loosely with the linens. A box with a slit to allow air circulation is best, since this will prevent moisture damage. This is because air circulation prevents humidity from building up. Place a sachet of cedar shavings or a cedar closet block in the box to help repel any insects.
Tip #4: Store Successfully
Although linens can usually be stored fine in any type of unit, climate-controlled units are the least likely to develop any moisture or humidity problems. Opt for climate control when possible. Inside the unit, it is best to store the boxes of linens off the ground, since this further protects them from moisture. Stack them on rust-proof shelves or place the boxes on top of wooden pallets. Avoid stacking other boxes on top unless they are light weight and don't contain anything that could cause stains, since you don't want anything from other stored items to leak out of the its box and into the linen box.Share
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