Storing hanging clothes in mini storage is similar to storing clothes for longterm storage, but with a few added points to consider. Stored clothes should avoid fluctuating temperatures, moisture, sunlight, and pests when in a storage unit. That’s easier said than done sometimes, but with a few know-how tips, you can store like a professional. Keep reading to learn how to store hanging clothes in a unit.
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Benefits of hanging clothes in a mini storage unit
Storing clothes on thick hangers in a mini storage unit is key to long-lasting fabrics. Here are a few reasons why should hang them on hangers:
- It can breathe. The air circulation lets the fabric breathe so it lasts longer.
- It stays off the ground. When clothing is off the ground, it’s protected against pests, moisture, and dust that collects on the ground.
- It allows them to stay dry. When hanging, airflow keeps them dry and free from mold.
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Ideal storage conditions for hanging clothing
The ideal storage condition for clothing will preserve garments for a longtime to come. Here are some things to consider:
- Steady temperature
- Low relative humidity
- Low sunlight
- Filtered air
- Moving air
- Breathable garment bag and/or box storage
- Wrap items individually in acid-free tissue and/or muslin (when not hanging)
Types of clothing that should NOT be hung in a unit
Vintage clothing, embellished gowns, knitted pieces, and delicate items should NOT be hung in a storage unit. Instead, these should be cleaned (by a professional), folded, wrapped individually in acid-free tissue, and stored flat in a breathable, archival box.
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Hanging clothes need air circulation
Airflow is key to storing clothes in a mini storage unit. Consider this when storing in a unit:
- Spread clothing apart. If clothing is pressed against itself, it may not get the circulation it needs.
- Don’t store in plastic bags. Plastic won’t allow for the proper airflow or drying of clothing.
Allow air to circulate and your items to breathe by not overstuffing your containers. Hang: Hang furs and dresses inside a cotton (never plastic) garment bag. Space all hanging clothing to allow for air flow. This will reduce the risk of mildew and mold as well as prevent wrinkling and creasing.
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Protect hanging clothes with breathable cotton bags
Cotton bags — opposed to plastic — will allow better breathing for your clothes as they store in mini storage. Plastic bags stop clothing from having the proper airflow. Something like will protect your sensitive clothing:
Avoid wire hangers
Wire hangers can distort the clothing and cause “rabbit ears” at the shoulders. Thicker hangers are best to use when hanging.
Use plastic bins for less-valuable clothing
Plastic bins are great for storing less-valuable clothes in mini storage. They’re easy to handle, stack, and store. They also keep bugs and dust out.
Other clothing points to consider:
1. Remove plastic
Plastic from the dry cleaner is a great short-term protector but should be removed immediately to allow the garment to breathe. Otherwise, it could lead to fume fading.
2. Allow leather to dry completely
Leather takes a few days to dry completely, so allow it to be fully removed from water before storing in a unit.
3. Denim shouldn’t touch other items
Unprotected items will lead to dye transfer.
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