You’ve invested in a high quality wardrobe, or a few prized designer, high fashion, specialty and couture garments and accessories such as handbags, purses, shoes and boots. You’ve selected a true quality dry cleaner who has the necessary skills, expertise and experience as well as the specialized processes, procedures, equipment and facilities to maintain your investment with extraordinary care.
Doesn’t it make sense to protect that investment from soil and dust, natural and artificial light, yellowing, and insects such as moths, crickets, carpet beetles and silverfish? Of course it does.
Which is why RAVE FabriCARE offers a full range of specialty storage solutions – reusable bags for sweaters, suits, dresses, gowns, household textiles and accessories made from a breathable, non-woven material that’s safe for long term storage.
The Storage Solution
RAVE FabriCARE offers storage bags for sweaters, suits, sport coats and blazers, short and long dresses and coats, evening gowns, bridal gowns, handbags, purses, shoes and boots.
All our storage bags have the following properties….
- Soft, cotton-like, polypropylene man-made fiber
- Short (12″ or 16″), clear, 3 mil PVC window to identify garments (no window on bridal gown bags, handbag bags, shoe bags and boot bags)*
- Opaque white color with matching white trim along the edges
- Grommeted opening for the neck of the hanger (no opening on sweater bags, handbag bags, shoe bags and boot bags)
- Breathable with air inlet holes measuring 9 microns
- Acid free and BPA free
- RAVE FabriCARE logo printed on the front in gold**
- Same type of bags used by fine department stores, clothing and bridal boutiques
- Unlike other breathable, polypropylene storage bags, none of our bags with windows have full length, clear PVC fronts.
- All our bags have the RAVE FabriCARE logo printed on the front in gold.
And all our storage bags the following benefits….
- Perfect for short or long term closet storage (not suitable for travel; nylon and vinyl storage bags offer superior protection for travel)
- Protects against soil and dust
- Protects against light, fading and yellowing
- Protects against insects such as moths, crickets, carpet beetles and silverfish
- Color fast (will not bleed to water like similar black, red, blue or green bags)
- Machine washable on short, gentle cycle in front load washer; hang dries in minutes
- Reasonably priced (compared to similarly-sized cotton, canvas, nylon, vinyl and plastic bags)
Always Clean Prior To Storage
Many believe that “proper storage” will, in and of itself, protect your fine garments against damage by various types of insects.
This notion is a myth.
Here’s what you need to know……
The female adult moth can lay up to 200 eggs in a cycle, up to 5 cycles a year. When the female adult moth is searching for the “ideal” egg laying location, she’s looking for a source of nutrition for the larvae to feed on when they hatch. Those larvae must feed in order to survive and grow. Otherwise they die.
Unfortunately, garments stored without first being cleaned contain all the nutrients necessary to sustain life for those larvae. These nutrients include proteins, mineral salts, vitamin B complex and cholesterol that accumulate on your garments from perspiration, body oil, food or beverage simply by virtue of the fact that the garment has been worn.
Here’s one more thing you need to know……
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the larvae don’t “eat your wools.” The wool, itself, is not a food source. Instead, they eat what’s embedded in and on the wool, and, in the process, damage those wool fibers.
“Moth damage” is technically inaccurate; “moth larvae damage” is a more accurate term.
Now that you know what the problem is, the solution is really quite simple:
The only way to guarantee that you don’t have a “moth problem” is to remove the nutrition from your fine wools before you store your garments. And the only way to remove those nutrients is by hand washing and/or dry cleaning your fine wools before you store.
Even if you think your items are clean (“oh, I only wore that suit 3 times since the last cleaning”), you ought to clean them before you store your garments (By the way, if you are adverse to cleaning your made-to-measure or bespoke garments prior to storage for the season, you ought to read this).
Because there are many different kinds of stains that you may not have seen and that will leave a layer of organic material for the moth larvae to feed on.
Remember the mantra: clean before you store because clean means no nutrition. And no nutrition means no more “moth damage”.
Now that your fine garments are clean, it makes sense to further protect that investment from a variety of possible sources of damage — oil and dust, natural and artificial light, yellowing and insects such as moths, crickets, carpet beetles and silverfish.
Think of garment storage bags as an additional layer of protection for your fine garments.
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