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Store Your Winter Gear the Right Way

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Spring cleaning isn't just decluttering and dusting—it's also the time when you should store away winter wear. But it's not as simple as tossing your sweaters and afghans to the back of the closet; you've got some work to do if you want to protect your garments and blankets for future seasons. "Everything should be cleaned first," says Margaret Ordoñez, PhD, professor of textiles, fashion merchandising and design at the University of Rhode Island. "The longer soil remains on fabrics, the harder it is to remove." What's more, insects are attracted to materials soiled with food particles and body oils. To minimize damage and the presence of pests, read on to learn the best way to store seasonal goods.
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Wool and Cashmere

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Hang wool suits and coats in sealed garment bags to keep out pests such as clothes moths and carpet beetles. Fold wool and cashmere sweaters from each side inward to avoid a line down the middle. Avoid hanging them (because they'll stretch) and instead pack in airtight boxes or trunks with secure lids, along with all other items made of the same materials. Skip mothballs, which are actually pesticides that can harm people and pets (they're only necessary if you have an active infestation); cedar chests, which quickly lose their pungency; and other home remedies because they are not effective repellants—making sure everything is clean is your best defense.Photo: iStockphoto


Leather Shoes and Boots

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To keep leather supple and remove scuffs, polish shoes and boots periodically, especially after a long winter. "Dab on a dime-size amount of cream polish, rubbing it all over the shoe," says Jim McFarland, a spokesperson for the Shoe Service Institute of America and owner of McFarland's Shoe Repair in Lakeland, Florida. "Let it sit a minute, then use a soft brush to buff it." Once clean, apply to protect against water and salt stains; look for products without silicone, which can darken the color.


Suede Shoes and Boots

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Use a suede-cleaning bar to rub out stains on suede footwear, followed by a to raise the nap. If the suede is soiled, use a suede shampoo or have your footwear professionally cleaned. Once clean, McFarland recommends applying a waterproofing spray that does not contain silicone.


Down Comforters, Vests and Coats

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Clean comforter according to the manufacturer's instructions and make sure it is completely dry before storing. Place it in a breathable to keep it dust-free or wrap in a brand new cotton sheet that has been laundered (sheets that have been used previously often contain body oils, even after washing). Avoid storing anything in plastic bags—they can trap moisture and cause mildew—as well as space-saving vacuum-packed plastic bags, which compact the down. For down vests and coats, follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions, then store in a garment bag or wrapped in a clean cotton sheet.


Leather Coats

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Wipe winter salt stains off smooth leather with a clean, damp cotton cloth and let it air-dry. If the item is heavily soiled or if you've worn your coat for a few seasons, see a professional leather cleaner. Store your coat in a cool, dry area, using a wide, padded hanger (to retain its shape) in a breathable garment bag or drape it with clean cotton sheets.Photo: Shutterstock


Quilts, Afghans and Wool Blankets

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Gently vacuum delicate items such as quilts or afghans with an upholstery attachment, says Dr. Ordoñez. Store them in a breathable cotton bag or wrapped in a new, clean cotton sheet (skip sheets made from polyester blends, which attract dust). Place them in a drawer or trunk away from outside walls, where temperature and humidity fluctuations can damage fibers. Wash wool blankets according to manufacturer's instructions and store folded, wrapped with a clean cotton sheet.







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