Seasonal Storage
When the seasons change, so do our wardrobes. If you’re short on space, consider having your off-season clothing stored at Très Bon. We first dry clean everything, and then store your garments in a climate and humidity controlled room. Then, when you’re ready to pick up your clothing next season, we press everything so it’s fresh and ready to wear. Imagine how nice having twice as much closet space would be!

Whether you decide to store your wardrobe at Très Bon or at home, it’s essential that your garments are dry cleaned before they’re put away for the off-season. Stains that would be easily removed before storage set, or “oxidize”, over the months they’re stored, and become much more difficult, and sometimes impossible, to remove. Oxidation is a chemical change that stains experience over time as they accumulate oxygen molecules from the air. Once a stain has oxidized, conventional stain removal methods that would have previously been able to dissolve the stain become ineffective. Inducing a reduction reaction can sometimes reverse the oxidation, but the process is very detrimental to dyes and pigments, and therefore is often not a feasible option. The moral of the story: dry clean your clothes before they’re stored – before the stains oxidize!

I put my sweaters and pants away for the summer and they were fine. Then this winter I went to put on my favorite sweater and it has holes all over it! Unfortunately it looks like you’ve had insect damage. Most likely moths, carpet beetles, or silverfish have made a meal of your favorite sweater. Check the rest of your wardrobe, your sweater is probably not the only victim. Moths and carpet beetles feed on protein fibers such as wools, silks, furs, and hair. Silverfish prefer plant based fibers such as cotton. But you haven’t noticed any beetles or moths flying around? Well, you’re not alone, that’s quite common. Damage to clothing (small holes) is the biggest sign of insect damage, not spotting the adult insects themselves. In fact, adult carpet beetles and moths do not feed on fabrics – it’s their larvae that do. And if you decide to wash or dry clean your insect-damaged clothes, you’ll likely see even more holes show up. This is because the larvae have chewed and mulched the garment’s fibers, and cleaning washes away the mulch to reveal the hole. But there are measures you can take to reduce the chances of insect damage. Moths, carpet beetles, and silverfish are attracted to the scent of body oils, perspiration, and food stains. Dry cleaning your wardrobe before storing your garments for the season removes these scents, and significantly reduces insects’ attraction to your clothing. Once cleaned, we recommend storage in airtight containers to minimize interaction with the environment. Mothballs and cedar chips do have value, although limited. The oils from cedar chips dry out after a few years, and both cedar chips and mothballs need to be used in an airtight container anyway to reach a high enough concentration to be effective. It is also important to realize that unfortunately dry cleaning does not remove the unpleasant scent of mothballs or cedar chips. Although there is no guarantee that moths, carpet beetles, and silverfish will not find their way to your closet, following these steps significantly reduces the chances you will find small holes in your clothing next year.