The Summer season is almost here, and it is time to put away the things we won’t use until the following year.
Why not seal up your winter blankets when the warmer months come along? Or seal up any Clothing and linens, particularly comforters, pillows, duvets, and towels take up a huge amount of space in a room and they are mostly full of air and fluff with vacuum bags, the air inside these items is sucked out, and their bulky size is reduced to a fraction of their initial volume. The bags also keep items away from dust and moisture, and they allow you to have additional free space in your storage unit.
Which materials should you avoid vacuum sealing?
Some of the materials to avoid storing in vacuum bags – either for extended periods of time or not at all.
- Natural fibres like wool and fur
- Fluffy items such as sleeping bags big coats and down jackets
- Leather jackets or other leather clothing
Some fibers require air to stay in their natural shape so, items with natural fibres like wool and fur clothing shouldn’t be stored in vacuum bags for a long time. Storing them in compressed bags for a few months isn’t that bad, but when storage exceeds six months, it can start to cause damage. If you plan to leave them in the storage bags for a long time, you should air such fabrics once in a while. Plus, remember that wool products can hold moisture in them and therefore might damage the other pieces of clothing in your vacuum bags.
Insulated jackets, Sleeping bags and fluffy coats perform so well because of the air they have trapped inside. When they are compressed, their capability to keep heat within is taken away.
Ideally they should never be vacuum sealed. When you suck the air out of these items, their fabric is compressed and stays in that state for a long time. There is no great way to fluff them up again.
Leather is known for being tough but compression can cause it to crack and wreak irrevocable damage. Intensive pressure is applied when storing clothes through vacuum sealing, and this can damage your precious leather garments. The fabric will acquire creases and wrinkles, taking away it's smooth appeal.
Every 6-12 months take out your garments; suits, dresses, jackets, coats, pants, scarves etc and simply air them out in the fresh air for 1 to 2 days - especially if you don't wear them all too often. They'll love you for it! And it will prolong the integrity of the material fibres and your winter garments' longevity.
Upinder Kaur :)