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You’ve made a significant investment in your wardrobe, so it makes sense that you’d want to protect it. Clothes need protection against bugs and dust, as well as heat and humidity that can cause mildew and fading. Insects can cause the most damage and should be your number one concern. There are three simple steps to protecting your wardrobe:
(If you currently have a pest problem, you should first use an insecticide to eliminate the bugs before following these steps.)
The first step in protecting your clothes against pests is to clean them. Moths and carpet beetles, the primary pests that can cause damage, are attracted to natural fibers like wool and cotton. They also feed on organic stains within synthetic fibers.
Even if you don’t believe you currently have a moth problem, if the pests have laid eggs, you won’t be able to see them because they are so small. Always clean your garments first before following the next steps.
Use all-natural cedar to repel pests. When used correctly, cedar is very effective in preventing damage to your wardrobe from pests.
The essential oils in aromatic cedar give off a scent that people and pets love, yet repel adult moths and carpet beetles. A general rule of thumb when considering how much cedar to use: when you can’t smell it, the pests can’t either. Cedar is also renewable. When the scent fades, a quick rub with sandpaper or a mist of cedar spray restores its potency.
There are other herbal products that are environmentally safe and effective natural repellents. Moth Away® is made with a blend of natural herbs and comes in easy-to-use sachets. The sachets last 3-4 months and are an effective deterrent against pests.
Contain your clothes in a freestanding closet, storage box or bag to deter pests. If you’re using a natural repellent, storing clothing in an enclosed container also helps preserve the effectiveness of the repellent.
If you have additional questions about protecting, storing and organizing your clothes, our highly trained experts will be happy to assist you. Visit us in store or call 888-CONTAIN (266-8246).