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Tips on Storing Your Cold Weather Workwear for the Summer

Summertime, and the living’s easy—for some. But maybe you’re still putting in long days and powering through your work outdoors. The need for tough, hard-working men and women never stops, even when it’s time to hang up the insulated coveralls for a few months. However, one thing’s for sure: when that time comes, it’s important to store your winter workwear the right way.

While RefrigiWear’s winter clothes are as tough as they come, they need to be cared for and stored correctly, just like any other piece of clothing. By following our helpful tips, you can make sure your RefrigiWear clothes are packed away safely, ready to go whenever you need them.

1. Clean your workwear before you put it away.

One of the most important steps is to make sure your RefrigiWear gear is in great condition before you put it away. By removing any dirt, grime, oils or other stains from your gear, you’ll help it last longer and avoid letting stains set in. To clean your workwear the right way, whether it’s women’s or men’s cold weather gear, follow RefrigiWear’s cleaning tips:

  • Never dry clean any RefrigiWear clothing—dry cleaning damages the structure of the garment and will shorten its life.
  • Wash your RefrigiWear garment by itself, using water above 104 degrees Fahrenheit and mild soap.
  • After you wash it, put it in your dryer on the lowest heat setting for no more than 10 minutes. This helps get the synthetic insulation back into its fluffy shape.
  • Take the garment out of the dryer and let it air dry.

If you’ve got a truly grimy garment or one that needs repairs, RefrigiWear can help get it back in shape. Our repair and cleaning specialists have the techniques and knowledge to get your favorite coat or pair of coveralls looking and working as good as new. You also might want to throw some deodorizers in with your clothes before storing them. Dryer sheets are great for this, and some folks swear by a couple of drops of essential oils. Be careful not to overdo it, though—you only want to use a very small amount.

2. Choose the right place to store your cold weather workwear.

What’s the best room to keep your RefrigiWear gear stored in? You’ll want a place that is cool, clean, dry and dark. Lots of people choose the attic or the basement for winter clothes storage. These can be good options, but make sure that they’re actually as dry as you think they are and don’t have hidden moisture problems. If you can’t find a place that ticks all four of the boxes, it’s most important to have a place that’s cool and dry, as well as being out of direct sunlight.

3. Protect your boots by storing them in the right-sized boxes.

A good pair of boots is never quite the same after spending a few months squished into an awkward position in a storage container. That means that when you’re storing boots, it’s key to keep them in a box where they won’t be forced into an unnatural shape. For the best results, use the original box your RefrigiWear boots came in or find a similarly sized box that fits them without having to squeeze. You can also try using boot shapers—simple devices that you stuff inside your boots before storing them to make sure that they keep their ideal shape.

4. Moth-proof your storage spaces.

Moths aren’t drawn to synthetic fabrics the way they’re drawn to silk and wool, but it never hurts to be careful. And if you do have clothing with a wool lining, you’ll definitely need to do some moth-proofing. Mothballs aren’t as widely used anymore—instead, go for some cedar or lavender, which will help you keep the little buggers away naturally, or try pheromone-based sticky traps if you have a serious moth problem.

5. Use vacuum bags for the most storage efficiency.

If your home is super-tight on space, storing winter workwear can be even more of a challenge. One way to improve your storage capacity is to store your bulky gear in vacuum bags. However, make sure that you don’t draw the bag so tightly that it deforms the shape of the garment—this can lead to it changing its shape.

When it’s time to say goodbye to your winter workwear for the summer, make sure you’ve set yourself up for success when it’s time to get it back out again. Got more questions about how to keep your gear safe in storage? Contact RefrigiWear—we’re always happy to help!