October is almost gone, that means winter is approaching us sooner or later. At the best of times, ensuring that your cupboards – full of clothes, towels, or bed linen – are not havens for mold-producing moisture is a challenge.
7 Tips and Tricks to Store Bed Linen in Winter
During the winter months, it is hard to stop moisture building up at home, sometimes – often. Even, it’s harder to stop the contents of cupboards from going musty. There’s nothing better than crawling into a freshly made bed with crisp sheets that smell divine. So, musty sheets and bedding is just not a choice.
To keep your sheets as clean and crisp as the winter air, find out our tips and tricks when it comes to storing bed linen in winter.
1. Wash All Bed Linen Before Storing
First, washing bed linen. It’s better to wash them before storing them in your closet. It’s important that everything is clean because items with just the slightest sign of body oils or dirt are not only unhygienic but can cause discoloration and encourage the growth of mold and mildew.
2. Thoroughly Dry Linen
Second, make sure that everything is thoroughly dried before putting it away – even the slightest damp can cause problems. If it’s possible, you can use a clothes dryer and ensure that you air the bed linen for about an hour after taking it out of the dryer so that the fabric has time to breathe.
3. Storage Spot
Finding a clear, clean space in your cupboard that is dry and cool and doesn’t get too much light. This way your bedding will resist fading and also be less attractive to insects. Once everything is washed and dried thoroughly, fold, and place the pieces neatly in place, so your storage always stay organized. Do not pack things in too tightly, either; they need space to breathe, too.
4. Pillowcase Protection
Another tip you can do is to buy some additional king-size cotton pillowcases, which you could use as storage bags for your bed linen. You could put each sheet set and quilt cover in its own separate case and attach a label so that each of your sets is easily identifiable.
5. Don’t Use Plastic Rub
If you must, not to store bed linen in plastic boxes with lids, as mold and mildew love to breed in the humid confines of plastic. Don’t store them in cardboard boxes, either, as all sorts of nasties are attracted to cardboard. If you must store in a container, use a plastic one with no lid, and would recommend you loosely fold the items and place them in the container. The tighter you pack, the less air can circulate around and through the fabric.
6. Keep An Eye Your Bed Linen
Check on your bed linen during winter to make sure the space remains clean and is well ventilated. And take the linen out of your storage once spring kicks in and you want to swap your winter bedding for summer bedding.
7. Special Tip
Always keep your pieces fresh and deter pests by using Lavender sachets. If you have any special heirloom pieces, you might want to lightly wrap them in white tissue paper to further protect them from discoloring.