Sleeping with heavy bedding can get uncomfortable once the summer weather kicks in, so you’ll have to put these away temporarily and replace them with thinner sheets. But you need to store winter sheets, quilts and warm blankets properly in order to prevent dust, bed bugs and moulds from seeping through the threads. Below are some storage solutions for your comforters and other bedding.
1. Wash the old sheets first
It’s important to wash and dry the old sheets, pillowcases or blankets before packing them in the linen storage. It would not be hygienic to store dirty linens since they can get musty and potentially damaged when they stay that way until taken out again. Dirty and unwashed sheets left in storage can also discolour over time.
While waiting for your sheets to dry, clean the space where you plan to store your winter bedding. This needs to be well scrubbed and dusted if you’re going to put freshly washed sheets in and leave it there for three to five months.
2. Look for a good storage spot
If you don’t own a linen storage closet, find a good roomy spot in your home to keep your sheets in. Cramming these items inside a plastic bag that’s stored in the garage or shed won’t work because you could end up with dusty, smelly and stained bedding. These items are best stored inside the house, where it won’t be a hotbed for pests or anything that will potentially damage or eat through your bedding.
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3. Fold the sheets well
Sheets should be neatly folded and lined on top of each other in the closet. This will allow for better airflow, if you always keep this space organised. This will also help the closet smell fresh and clean because there’s enough air to prevent mould and mildew from forming.
How to Fold a Fitted Sheet
Do you know how to fold a fitted sheet so that it won’t take up too much space in the closet? There’s no magic trick to flattening those round and gartered edges, but with constant practice, you will be able to master the technique.
First, lay the fitted sheet flat on the bed.
Then, grab two adjacent corners. Tuck and line up one corner to the other corner horizontally or vertically.
Don’t tuck diagonally because this won’t turn out right.
Do the same thing for the other corners.
Next, smoothen the sheets and then fold it in half.
You may notice some bulging, but this will eventually flatten once you finish folding the fitted sheet into a neat bundle.
Once you’re done, stuff the folded fitted sheet and flat sheet into its matching pillowcase. This way, you won’t waste time looking for the right bedding set the next time you have to use it.
Use storage bags for more protection
If you don’t have enough space in the cabinet or linen closet, consider storing the bedding in vacuum-sealed containers or cotton bags before stashing them away in storage boxes. Forget about using trash bags though, because these aren’t airtight and might promote the growth of mould and mildew.
You may store more than one sheet or blanket inside a cotton bag. However, make sure to put the heavy ones at the bottom while the lighter sheets are on top so that the bags of bedding won’t topple down from the closet.
Care for Beddings in Storage
Cotton or polyester bedding doesn’t require delicate packing. You can keep these fresh in storage as long as they are carefully folded or stored in cotton bags.
Quilts, especially heirloom pieces that have to be handed down from generations, must be kept in a comforter hanger to allow the threads to breathe. If you are pressed for space, you can fold the quilt. Put crumpled tissue paper in between the folds so that it won’t become too flat in storage and then wrap the quilt with a cotton blanket or sheet for extra protection.
Down comforters with goose feathers need extra care in storage. This bedding might be easily crushed or turn lumpy if it’s carelessly stashed or tucked away. So, it’s best to keep down comforters on the very top of the closet. It should not have anything else above it to retain its form and quality. It must also never be stored in a bag or a vacuum seal container.
Storage for the winter
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