Best Way to Store Seasonal Bed Linens
As the season's change, so does the need to pack away and take out seasonal bed linens and this article looks at how to keep your seasonal bed linens fresh.
As the season's change, so does the bed linen that you use on a daily basis. Lightweight cotton is perfect for the hotter months of the year, but when the temperature drops you will want to pull out warmer bedding and blankets. This means that you need to change your bed linen on a seasonal basis, packing away what you no longer need until the next year comes around.
There are plenty of ways to store your seasonal bed linen, whether it be in a drawer underneath the bed, in a blanket chest, or in a linen cupboard. But for many, packing away seasonal linen means finding any available space to store items such as blankets, throws, comforters and winter or summer bed linen.
Store them Fresh
Before you pack away seasonal bed linens, blankets or comforters, you will want them to be clean. Wait for a warm, dry day where you can put everything into the wash, or send to the dry cleaners, and then let bed linens dry on a washing line. Drying outdoors in the sun guarantees your bed linen will be clean and fresh and ready to pack away for a few months. Do make sure that bedding is one hundred percent dry before packing away.
Ensure Bed Linens are Dry
Linens, blankets, towels, throws or comforters - these should be absolutely dry before being stowed away. Just a small amount of moisture could lead to mould or mildew, especially if there is no air circulation within the storage area. Adding a few silica gel sachets (ones you have collected over time) will help to absorb moisture and keep your linen fresh and dry. Alternatively, think about adding an open and close air vent to the door of the cupboard, or louvres to allow ventilation and discourage damp.
Place scented sachets between the bed linen or blankets.
Add Scented Sachets
When storing bed linen away for a few months, adding a few scented sachets will fill the cupboard with natural fragrances that will not only keep the bed linen smelling fresh but will also repel bugs. A couple of good ingredients to add to your sachet or potpourri is Cedar and Citronella. Both of these scents are a natural insect repellant and will help protect your linens from fish moths and similar creepy crawlies.
Humidity, damp and lack of air circulation create conditions that result in damage to your linens.
Store in a Dry Cupboard or Chest
A dry storage place is essential for all your bed linen. Areas that are damp or musty will spoil linen and may even encourage the growth of mould. If you're using a closed cupboard, add a few wire or natural baskets to hold the linen and allow air to circulate. If at all possible, take out the linen every few weeks to give it a good airing out.
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Wherever you store your bed linens, you want it to be dry and dust-free. If you are using a blanket box for seasonal storage3, it's a good idea to pack your linens and blankets in cotton or muslin bags. Don't pack in plastic bags unless it is a plastic bag that can be used as a vacuum bag that removes air and moisture. A fabric bag will allow air to circulate and prevent moisture.