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Suits & shirts in humid garage?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jim8680, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. jim8680

    jim8680 Senior Member

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    I searched around, but couldn't find much information on this topic...
    I am moving to Houston (humid) and have a lot of suits and shirts. I have suit and shirt bags... Should i only put shirts in the garage? Will it affect the longevity of my clothing?

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    Fanfare New Member

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    High humidity (>65%) can result in textile degradation through abiotic (mostly acidic hydrolysis) and microbial degradation. But it's difficult to assess the possible extent of damage and whether its effects are actually meaningful: would you even be wanting to wear a given suit after some 5-odd years?

    From my experience, anything that's worn and dry cleaned regularly (once a month or thereabouts) ought to be fine in a garage as cleaning will arrest microbial growth. For clothing that's out-of-season or destined for long-term storage, I'd keep it in another part of the house (ideally cool, dark and well ventilated) in order to limit the potential for mould and mildew damage.
     

  3. jim8680

    jim8680 Senior Member

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    I plan to keep my bespoke suits for more than 5 years.
     

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    Patrick R Distinguished Member

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    My suits are barely broken in after 5 years.
     

  5. Despos

    Despos Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    have seen suits stored in a garage in Dallas. The cloth was never the same. Sort of dried out and limp. The change in the cloth was easily noticeable. Some unknown insect(s) ate a few holes in a few of the jackets. Suggest looking for an alternative.
     

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