Spring is here and its time to put away the gloves, hats, scarves and sweaters you have knit and worn all winter.
Clean all items before putting them away for the season. Cleaning them before putting them away prevents any stains invisible to the eye and preventing moths from setting up housekeeping. Moths love stains and sweat. By cleaning them first, they will be ready to wear next fall.
Wool items can be stored in airtight containers, zippered cotton pillowcases, paper bags and/or cedar chests. The cedar chests must be airtight. Toss in some lavender sachets or herbs that have a strong scent (ones you like smelling), with the woolens.
Sweaters can be wrapped in archival tissue paper and folded before storing. Blocked garments can be hung on padded hangers with a sachet bag tied to the hanger.
Common clothes moths are light brown all over. Eggs hatch in a few weeks and the larva live off your hard work. They inhabit places that are dark.
Wool moths are light brown all over, with a 1/2” wingspread and length of 1/4” from head to tail.
A little extra work now and it will save you time and expense in the long run. Here is a list of Dry Cleaners in Connecticut.