Storing Suits

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  1. PeteyPete

    PeteyPete Member

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    Due to a recent career change, I'm going to have quite a few suits that i'd like to store for future use. Rather than dealing directly w/ the public, i'll be behind a computer and out of public view, and thus will have a much more relaxed dress attire.

    All of my suits are Super 120 Brooks Bros, Hickey Freeman, and Canali. Is there any particular way to put them away and ensure they stay in good shape (since they are all less than a year old). Should I just let them air out in the closet? Would I be better off keeping them inside the zippered plastic garmet bag that came w/ the suit?

    How can I best store the suits to ensure they stay in great shape?
     
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    Petey--keep wearing them. You need to wear your suits for YOU not for other people... [​IMG]
     
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    I'd ask a similar question except that I'll probably be taking a leave of absence for about nine months during which time I'll move all my belongings into storage to save on rent costs. I was planning on folding up all my better clothing and storing them in those airtight (at least I think they're airtight) Rubbermaid containers that are roughly the size of a large beverage cooler. I figure they'll at least be safe from moths that way. They'll probably need a good steaming and/or pressing afterwards, but that's acceptable. Any problems with that approach?

    dan
     
  4. MilanoStyle

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    Since you have the suits, why not wear them like Johnw86 said?

    But whatever you do, do not put your suit in a plastic bag for a long time. The fabric needs to breath. The plastic bag is not breathable, although you can buy garnmet bag that is made out of a cloth. Just hang them nicely in a closet. If the suits are picking up dust, just brush them off, however, this means that you are not wearing the suits not as often as you should.
     
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    Kai Senior member

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    Store them hanging on suit hangers, covered with a cloth suit bag. I do this with my "seasonal" suits. Works well.
     
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    Kai's advice is good. Also consider leaving the zipper of the CLOTH garment bag slightly open, to let air in. If your suits are clean, you shouldn't have to worry about moths (you can get some nice cedar blocks from Brooks Bros. or Linens & Things to be safe). The cloth bag will prevent any dust/debris from getting on your suit shoulders.
     
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    Quick words of advice, not to store anything made of wool without drycleaning, as you might well have moth eggs embedded in the fibers of the garments that can hatch in the warm storage environment.  That's how most of the little critters do their nasty work.  People generally think that the moths have to fly into a closet to do damage, but it's the invisible eggs that hatch without your knowing that slowly do the damage.  But then, if you're having the garments dry cleaned, you might as well give everything to them for storage as they provide the right conditions to store them safely.
    Grayson
     
  8. retronotmetro

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    I store some items in a large breathable canvas storage bag (one of the "wardrobe" types that fits several suits and hangs from a closet rod).

    Cedar only has limited repellent ability and does not work unless kept in an enclosed space, so if you are relying on cedar you do not want to keep your suit bags open.  If the suits are clean you shouldn't have a problem either way.  I like to air out stored suits once in a while--I'll brush them and put them someplace the air can circulate.  

    The wool clothes I have lost to moths or beetles have been ones that were allowed to sit idle and uncovered in the closet for a long time.  Cedar hangars and blocks were no help.
     
  9. johnnynorman3

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    Marc, do you have to dry clean to get rid of eggs? Or does brushing and steaming do the trick as well? And, how exactly do you know whether you have eggs in your clothes? I've never seen a moth in my house, so I doubt that anything is laying eggs in my closet.

    Finally, how warm does it have to be for moth eggs to hatch? Is it really possible to lose a suit that you wear semi-regularly that is sitting exposed to the air in your closet?
     
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    Fabienne Senior member

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    I have not seen this in the States, but in France, most supermarkets sell an "evolved" version of the mothball (ie: it isn't round, and it doesn't smell like a mothball). They look like little clothes hangers, and the scent is lavender, cedar, pine, etc. My mom sends me enough for all our closets every year. They work well. Or at least I should say: we haven't had a problem since we started using them.

    For reference: the name in French is "anti-mites", and they usually need to be changed every 3 months.
     
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    I read somewhere that moth does not eat wool fiber. It's the food that moth eats. If a fabric has food on it, moth will eat that food along with wool fiber.
     
  12. retronotmetro

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    It's not just moths you have to worry about. Carpet beetles can wipe out wool clothes pretty efficiently, so even if you've never seen a moth in the house it doesn't mean your woolens are safe.

    Moths do go after food or soiled spots on wool clothing, but beetles seem to go after anything. I've had beetles eat through slacks that were dry cleaned and left in the closet in a plastic bag for a few months. Since then I have made it a practice to vacuum the closet more frequently, brush my clothes more frequently, and leave my suits in closed bags with cedar sachets inside.
     
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    I have heard that one can deep freeze an item to kill all the moth eggs. Don't know if this is true, so find out before installing the walk-in freezer/closets.
     
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    The only guaranteed way to get rid of moth eggs/larvae that I'm aware of on wool clothes would be drycleaning. Anyone can pick up such eggs just by brushing against a bush or even sitting on a chair that someone else with moth eggs has sat previously. The buggers are all over the place.
    Grayson
     

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