Taking your winter clothes out of storage from the 'Clothes Doctor' journal

Taking your winter clothes out of storage from the 'Clothes Doctor' journal

Now our clients are getting ready to consign their new season clothing and accessories we asked the Clothes Doctor if we could share their helpful article 'Taking your winter clothes out of storage' and they kindly agreed. Read below for helpful hints and product range ideas!

The arrival of the colder months brings a delightful opportunity to dig out your cosy sweaters, warm coats, and stylish scarves. To start layering up for those colder days, it's time to bring your warmer clothes out of the wardrobe. But often when bringing out these items, you can find they smell un-fresh and can have moth holes in them.

To get your clothes back to being free from moth-holes and smelling great follow our getting your clothes out of storage guide.

Step One: Check for Damage.

The first step in revitalizing your winter wardrobe is having a thorough check for any potential damage that occurred during your time away. Lay out each item and carefully examine it for any signs of damage. Look for holes, tears, or stains.

If you discover any moth holes then don’t immediately throw it away! Instead, read our guide on how to repair a moth hole and it will be back to new in no time. To help any at-home mends, check out our Darning needles and Darning Mending Support are there to help you repair any moth holes. If the damage feels a little out of your control, then our team of expert seamstresses are always there to carry out the trickier repairs.
Remember that investing a little time in maintenance now can save you money and keep your favourite winter pieces in rotation for years to come!

How to repair moth holes

Step Two: Clean Them Up.

Chances are, your winter clothes have been sitting in storage for months, gathering dust and odours. To start refreshing and cleaning them, separate your garments into different piles of clothes that need washing, or those that just need a little refresh.

For those that aren’t dirty or stained, but just smell a little musty then give them a spritz of our Clothing Spritz. Like dry shampoo for clothes, our Spritz is bursting with natural essential oils of White Tea and Mint that remove any lingering odours. This saves you from putting your clothes through an extra wash while giving them a refresh.


For your everyday clothes which have some marks or you feel like they need a machine clean, then pop them in a gentle cold cycle with our eco laundry detergent. The Basil & Mandarin Leaf Detergent cleans effectively on low-temperature cycles and the stunning scent drifts into your wardrobe and home.

Handwash your delicates

For your delicate pieces that need to be washed but in gentler conditions, such as your wool and silk, put them into a separate hand wash pile. For your wools then use our specialist wool detergent that protects the fabric fibres while the essential oil-based fragrance provides natural moth defence. For your silks and delicates, our silk detergent effectively cleans the fabric while keeping them luxuriously soft.



Moth repellent scent bags

Step 3: Protect Against Moths and Mildew.

Moths and mildew can be the nemesis of your winter wardrobe. Inspect your clothes for any signs of moth damage, which often appears as small holes in natural fibres like wool. To prevent further infestation, try our natural moth-repellent Scent Bags that protect your clothes while making your wardrobe smell delightful! Alternatively, you can try our Knitwear Mists which can be sprayed directly onto your clothes for an instant moth repellent. Additionally, mildew can thrive in damp environments, so make sure your clothes are completely dry before storing them again.



Step Five: Organize and Reassess.

Now that your winter clothes are clean and damage-free, it's time to organize them. Sort your items by type (jackets, sweaters, scarves, etc.) to make it easy to locate what you need when the temperature drops.

Sorting your winter wardrobe

So there you have five easy steps to giving your winter clothes some post-storage TLC is essential to prolong their life and keep you warm and stylish throughout the cold season. With a little effort, your winter wardrobe can remain in top-notch condition year after year, allowing you to embrace the frosty months with confidence and comfort. So, take the time to care for your winter clothes now! 

For more expert clothing care tips explore more of our blogs, such as how to hand wash clothes. For our whole range of detergentsmiststools and accessories that are perfect for every type of fabric, explore our whole range.

Thank you Clothes Doctor!

We hope to see you with your AW consignments soon, Karen & Yvette x

(Please note we are not affiliated with Clothes Doctor in any way)

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