Preparing sarees for long-term storage is essential to ensure they remain in excellent condition and retain their beauty over time. Here are some cleaning and maintenance tips to consider:
Wash before storage
It is important to wash the saree before storing it for a long time. Any stain or dirt on the fabric is difficult to remove later and can cause permanent damage.
Depending on the care instructions provided by the manufacturer, you can gently wash it at home or dry clean the saree before storage.
Choose a good storage location
The best storage location is a cool, dry, dark place. Excessive humidity or wetness can cause the fabric to become moldy, mildewed or discolored. Do not store in high-temperature areas such as attics or basements.
Fold the saree neatly
Correct folding of the saree helps reduce wrinkles and keeps the fabric in place. Start by laying the saree flat on a clean surface. Fold the saree in half, then in half again, making sure the edges are similar. Gently twist the folded saree from one end to the other to form a tight bundle.
Use acid-free tissue paper
Acid-free tissue paper can help protect the saree fabric from discoloration and acid damage. Place a layer of tissue paper between each fold to prevent color transfer and to provide additional cushioning.
Avoid plastic bags
While it may be tempting to store sarees in plastic bags, they can trap moisture and lead to fabric deterioration. Instead, opt for breathable fabric or cotton bags that allow airflow while keeping the sarees protected from dust and pests.
Regularly inspect stored sarees
Check your stored sarees periodically to ensure they remain in good condition. Look for signs of mold, pests, or fabric damage. If you see a problem, take steps to prevent further damage or seek help if needed. We recommend inspecting your stored sarees at least once in three months.
Avoid direct sunlight
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the color of the saree to fade over time. Keep the saree out of direct sunlight to maintain its vibrancy.
Use moth repellent
To protect your sarees from moths and other pests, consider using a pest repellent such as dry leaves, cloves or cedar flakes. Store these pesticides in your pantry or use mothballs or special storage bags.
Always handle your saris with clean hands and avoid using perfumes or lotions that can stain or damage the fabric. By following the care and repair instructions, you can ensure that your mares stay in good condition for long-term storage.