Talk to me about moth protection

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TimelesStyle, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    I just gave all my suits a cursory look and I can't find any damage.

    One thing I did notice was that on some of my older, less high-quality suits, there appeared to be very fine threads stuck to the front of the suit or the arms, and they appeared to match the lining color. It was almost as if some fibers from the lining had worked their way through the wool (but with no damage to the wool at all).

    This is on a couple of older jackets, all fused. The pics are from a Paul Smith. In the second pic, some of the threads showing are purplish, just like the lining of the jacket.

    I'm assuming that, whether or not I have moths, this is unrelated?


    Just bumping to see if anyone has comments on the "poking through" I'm seeing.
     


  2. CruzAzul

    CruzAzul Senior member

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    Dude. It was less than an hour since your last post. Have a beer. Watch TV. Do some f**kin' thing.
     


  3. ter1413

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    Dude. It was less than an hour since your last post. Have a beer. Watch TV. Do some f**kin' thing.

    LOLOLOL!!!
     


  4. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    Dude. It was less than an hour since your last post. Have a beer. Watch TV. Do some f**kin' thing.

    Yea, yea, yea [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Now I'm all paranoid that I could potentially be out numerous expensive suits if indeed I do have a moth problem.

    I haven't been around long enough to make my personality completely known, but suffice it to say, I'm obsessive enough about my clothes that it'll take a Xanax to calm me about them [​IMG] [​IMG] .
     


  5. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Yea, yea, yea [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Now I'm all paranoid that I could potentially be out numerous expensive suits if indeed I do have a moth problem.

    I haven't been around long enough to make my personality completely known, but suffice it to say, I'm obsessive enough about my clothes that it'll take a Xanax to calm me about them [​IMG] [​IMG] .


    dude...you said that you checked and saw nada. simmer down. turn on the tv. have a drink. call a bim.....you are all good...
     


  6. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    dude...you said that you checked and saw nada. simmer down. turn on the tv. have a drink. call a bim.....you are all good...

    Damn you and your logical reasoning!

    Still curious if anyone has seen threads from a lining come through. I'm assuming that is all about a poor fusing job the more I think about it, but those two jackets are in quarantine as a precaution [​IMG] .
     


  7. ter1413

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    no need to quarantine. that isn't moth problem....
     


  8. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    no need to quarantine. that isn't moth problem....

    Just as I dragged the haz-mat gear out of storage...

    And thanks for the diagnoses earlier in the thread.
     


  9. ter1413

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    no probs...really does not sound like moths. like i said, they just don't take a small bite and then go away. that jacket would show damage..
     


  10. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    get a cedar tie hangar cedar belt hanger cedar shoe trees all avaiable at allen edmonds and pop some of that xanax before you go crazy
     


  11. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    Is it really necessary to have every suit cleaned? Even if there's no evidence of damage?

    Yes. Assume they are all infected. Kill those sons of bitches before they have a chance to spread.

    Probably not.
     


  12. stubloom

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    From the picture you posted, I would say it's definitely a moth hole. The shape of the hole would have been very different had it been a snag or a rip. That having been said, there is only one way to protect your fine wools against clothes moths or silverfish while they are being stored: DRY CLEAN BEFORE YOU STORE FOR THE SEASON. It so happens that I wrote a blog post this morning on this very subject. In that post I explain why the female adult moth is attracted to particular garments and not to others (even if they are in close proximity). The solution is quite simple: Understand the cause of the problem. Eliminate that specific cause. And you won't have to run around searching for solutions, most of which will be worthless anyway. Here's the link to my blog post: Blog post: Protecting your fine woolens against moths http://ravefabricare.com/true-qualit...nst-moths.aspx If you have any further questions, I'll be happy to respond. Good luck.
     


  13. Jay Gatsby

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    Won't mothballs put in the bag with a suit make the suit smell like moth balls?
     


  14. k4lnamja

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    I have seen silverfish in my apt. once or twice, usually in the bathroom. Shit. Glad I'm moving. Is it really necessary to have every suit cleaned? Even if there's no evidence of damage?

    If I find more holes in other garments, I wonder if my renter's insurance will cover repairs/replacements?


    silverfish eat suits? ohh sh*t! i've seen them in my apt
     


  15. stubloom

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    Re: Jay Gatsby's question about moth balls.

    Moth balls are one of those worthless solutions to the problem that I identify in the blog post referenced above. Over the past year alone, Iv'e handled numerous moth eaten garments that have reeked of moth balls. Apart from the fact that moth balls are toxic, it is really difficult to remove the odor even with multiple dry cleanings.
     


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