When not in use, natural materials must be placed either in a temporary or long-term storage facility.

Store the clothing with closures zipped or buttoned. 

For long-term storage, aeration is necessary to reduce the temperature and moisture, and minimize mould growth.

Dust and too much direct sunlight - which will eventually affect the colours of your garment - must be kept away from all natural materials. Different suppliers provide vacuum storage bags as the best option for storage of sensitive and delicate clothing. 

Cotton is hygroscopic, meaning that it absorbs moisture from or gives up moisture to the surrounding air; therefore cotton garments must be kept in a dry and dark storage place. 

The best solution for your silk is to store it by hanging it in a cool, dry and airy place. The hangers must be rounded in shape as silk can be easily damaged, especially some woven fabrics with delicate and intricate woven threads. An alternative way to store silk is to fold it gently and wrap it with tissue paper in layers, and place it in closed and spacious box. 

Wool is famous for being sensitive to moths, as the smell of wool attracts them. The same rule to keep woollen clothing away from dust, sunshine and moths applies.  In general, wool needs good shake and regular seasonal airing, as well as checks for moths and mould.

Tips for storing woollen clothes 

  • Always clean your garments before storing – this helps prevent odours, stains and build-up of dirt.
  • Fold, rather than hang. This will help garments retain their shape while in storage.
  • Check on your garments every now and then and make sure no moisture has appeared and no insects have crept inside.
  • For woven garments only: Using a soft garment brush, brush garments lengthwise after wearing to remove surface soil that might become stains later on. Dust and dirt can dull the appearance of wool fabrics.

  • To remove cigarette or food odours, lay wool garments flat on a bed or towel for an hour. Woven garments may be hung in fresh air on a suitable hanger.

Hemp  and bamboo are  known to be resilient and strong materials, but they still need good care. They have a lot in common with cotton, so they require similar care.