The weather is finally warming up, which means it’s time to start thinking about swapping out your wardrobe for the new season. Before you pack up your winter clothes and store them in the attic or closet, there’s an essential final step: dry cleaning them. If you want to unpack your winter clothes in perfect condition six months from now, this is a step you don’t want to skip.
Here are three reasons you should dry clean your winter clothes before putting them away.
A Nicer Smell
Opening up a box of old clothes and being hit with a musty scent is unpleasant and makes you want to rewash the clothes before you ever wear them. Dry cleaners are great at knowing how to stave off that old-clothes smell, so if you want that fresh, clean scent when you unpack, this is a must.
Your clothes may have been washed regularly before you pack them, but if you’re not going to wear them for a while, you really need to get them dry cleaned to avoid discoloration. Even tiny particles stuck in your clothes can stain them if left sitting in a box for half a year. Dry cleaning can not only help remove old stains before they become a bigger problem, but it can prevent new stains from forming while your clothes are going unused.
First of all, don’t use cardboard boxes to store your winter clothes — they are a breeding ground for bug larvae. The cleaner your clothes before you pack them away, the smaller the chance of a bug infestation, especially if you store them properly in air-tight containers.
Taking care of your clothes before you pack them up ensures that they will be ready for you to wear when the weather gets cold again. It’s much better to spend a little bit of money on dry cleaning now than to have to buy a whole new wardrobe because stains or bugs got to your clothes during the summer!