Have you ever wondered how that hole mysteriously appeared on one of your favorite sweaters? Did you see something similar happen to your best special occasion dress you had in storage since last summer? Did that box of amazing neckties that were in the back of the closet have the unexpected happen to them?
How did those holes get there?
When mysterious damage begins appearing, those holes may be the result of insects. Often, those holes or other signs of damage may not be readily visible until after they have been cleaned. Clothing and other fabric articles are the most susceptible to insect damage when they are stored for long periods of time.
Common Kinds of Insects
When it comes to wool fabrics, the most common culprit for the damage appearing is a moth. Many other types of insects feed on fabrics though. Beetles, silverfish, roaches and all types of other insects make the stains and sizings on fabrics their favorite meal. By determining what substances and fabrics the insects feed on can help you decide a plan of action based on whether the damage is direct or indirect.
What Is Direct and Indirect Insect Damage?
Direct damage is just like it sounds. The bugs feed directly on the fabric or garment. This damage can come from several types of moths and even termites occasionally. None of these are welcome houseguests! This group loves wool, mohair and natural bristles. In addition, fur, feathers and down are some of their preferred feeding grounds as well. Unfortunately, wool/polyester blends aren’t safe from these insects either. Don’t believe the myth that synthetic fibers protect against insect damage.
Let’s talk a little about what indirect insect damage is. Food and beverage stains, sweat and starch on fabrics provide a meal for silverfish, beetles and roaches. When they feed they chew small holes in clothing and fabrics. Ultimately, damage occurs. To avoid attracting these annoying insects, make sure to clean your garments before they are stored.
Tips For Preventing Insect Damage!
- Remove any stains from your garments before storing.
- Clean your garments completely even if stains are not visible to the naked eye.
- Cedar closets, cedar chests and using mothballs are great ways to discourage insects. Make sure to hang the mothballs above the fabrics. Do not place them directly on the items. When using cedar chests or closets it is equally important to keep them tightly closed so that the scent is quite strong inside.
What You Need To Know After Storing Garments
The smell of mothballs can be a problem when removing that loved clothing article from storage. Airing out your items for few days before you need to wear them may do the trick. However, if doing this doesn’t remove the odor to your satisfaction, our Wooven expert staff will be happy to help.
Trust Wooven For Before and After Storage Insect Prevention
Wooven can dry clean your garments, to return them to their finest glory. In some cases, an ozone generator is utilized to take care of the remaining mothball odor. During a specialized process, the odor is completely removed. Cool right?!
Taking a few precautionary steps with your fabric items and clothing can help save them from unnecessary insect damage. Before and after storing, Wooven Dry Cleaning is here to assist you in way you may need.