The weather changes, and so do the blankets. That heavy goose feather-down comforter set might be replaced with a lighter quilt when winter gives way to spring. But in the interim, where and how should you store extra bedding?
While some of us have spacious linen closets, others must come up with more inventive storage solutions. We'll demonstrate how to store blankets and comforters to maintain their quality and free up space in your home.
Heavy, warm blankets are the last thing you want on your bed during the hot summer months. Make sure you are storing your bedding properly to guard against damage, dust, dirt, bugs, and mould when you put it away for the season. It's time to stop stuffing your comforter set into plastic bags and storing them in the garage.
Here at Sleep World Australia, we are ready to share the things you need to know about comforter set storage. Follow these storage recommendations very carefully. Otherwise, you might experience deterioration of the fabric or odours that are very difficult to get rid of.
FEW STEPS FOR STORING COMFORTERS:
You may be unsure of how to properly store your comforter set if you're moving, putting them in long-term storage, changing out you’re bedding for a new season or living in a small apartment. Many are large and bulky, making it challenging to fold and store them in small spaces.
The rolling method and the vacuum method are two strategies we've found to be effective for storing comforters in confined spaces.
CLEANING BEFORE STORAGE:
You must make sure that your blankets and comforters have been properly washed and dried before storing them. By doing this, you can prevent dirt from accumulating further and moisture from causing mould, mildew, and unpleasant odours. Don't forget to complete this step, please. Check to make sure your blankets and comforters are clean and dry before simply storing them. This is crucial if you intend to keep them in storage for an extended period.
PREFER THE COMFORTER ROLLING TECHNIQUE TO REDUCE SPACE:
The rolling technique is ideal for reducing the amount of room your comforter set occupies. Make a tiny, manageable rollout of that king-sized comforter. This is how:
- Following the directions on the label, wash and dry your comforter.
- Fold it into thirds widthwise once it has dried completely to create a long sheet.
- Pro tip: To keep your comforter dry and smelling fresh, add dryer sheets or odour absorbers now.
- The comforter should be compactly rolled after being folded.
- The roll is fastened with a ribbon.
- Place in blanket bags, storage baskets, or your linen closet.
Utilizing vacuum bags and your vacuum cleaner is another efficient technique. Although the rolling method is free, vacuum storage bags, also called space bags, are inexpensive and work well for reducing comforter sets to a size that can be handled. Purchase an extra-large or jumbo-sized bag, stuff it with your comforter set, secure the nozzle to the valve, and turn on the vacuum!
Before starting this process, it is especially important to ensure that your comforter set is completely dry because the airtight seals will keep any remaining moisture inside. The vacuum storage bag can be replaced with a garbage bag and zip-tie, but it is more likely to lose its compression factor over time.
ADVICE FOR STORING COMFORTERS:
- Choose a dry storage location because comforter set needs to be able to breathe. Moisture encourages the growth of mould and mildew, so be sure to completely dry your comforter set and store it somewhere dry. The fabric will be able to breathe and won't attract moisture when stored in linen closets, wicker baskets, or cotton blanket bags, but there won't be much compression possible.
- If you must store your bedding in airtight plastic containers or closed storage bins for some reason, take extra precautions to make sure the fabric is dry before storing.
- The best way to guarantee a low moisture storage environment is to use desiccants and moisture absorbers like cedar chips or silica packets.
- Because they don't compress the comforter, blanket and comforter set hangers are useful for short-term storage but not for maximizing space.
- Your comforter is probably made of cotton, polyester, or some other synthetic material. Compressing these materials is safe, and when you take them out of storage, they should fluff back up.
So, when you are getting ready to move or have limited space around the house, organizing your bedding can be tedious but rewarding and worth the effort.
AVOID KEEPING ITEMS IN A DAMP STORAGE AREA.
Before putting your blankets and comforter set up for storage, you should make sure they are clean and dry, but you should also avoid storing them in damp storage areas. Anything you store suffers from moisture. It affects the quality and gives off musty odours. Avoid keeping comforter set, or even any other bedding in the attic, basement, or garage of your home as these spaces frequently become very humid. For the best protection against moisture and humidity damage to your possessions, use climate-controlled self-storage units.
DON'T USE MOTHBALLS:
You've probably done this mistake when storing clothes in addition to a blanket and comforter set. Although they are effective insect repellents, mothballs are toxic to both people and animals. Use cedar balls or lavender to maintain the freshness of your blanket and comforter set while they are stored. They effectively ward off insects, leave no overpowering scents on linens, and are non-toxic.
It doesn't take long to store the blanket and comforter set properly. You can take care of them and maintain their quality even while they are in storage by simply following a few simple steps.We hope that this article was useful in outlining the best practices for storing blankets and comforters.