How to Properly Store Summer Bedding
As you're bringing your holiday decorations out of storage, it's also time to get out your seasonally specific bedding that can keep you warm as the winter goes into full gear. In addition to bringing out your flannel sheets and heated blankets, you'll need to safely put your summer bedding items in their place.
While it's easy to fold your summer sheets and simply put them in the linen closet, your bedding may be susceptible to critter bites or hungry mites that can ruin the integrity of your blankets. Follow these steps to ensure your linens stay safe over the next several seasons.
Your sheets that are saved for the warmer months are likely made from lighter materials than those you place on your bed during the winter. Before storing these sheets for several months, wash them - this can not only combat any unwanted smells from stinking up your storage space, but it can also eliminate any food particles that may attract critters to the area. After carefully folding your sheets in an orderly way, it's best to keep them in a cool, dry place, like a linen closet or attic. Martha Stewart Living magazine explained that sheets should not be stored in plastic containers or bags, as these can significantly increase the likelihood of moisture, which could lead to mold or mildew.
When it comes to keeping your comforters well-kept in the winter, you should follow the same steps as saving your sheets - wash them beforehand and store in a cool, dry place. However, if you're looking to save space while preserving the integrity of your comforter, vacuum seal your bedding for the best results. Place your comforter in a large plastic bag, then use a vacuum sealer to remove all the air. Unlike storage in a plastic container, the airtight environment inhibits moisture from collecting, which prevents harmful substances from reaching your comforter. Added bonus? The sealed comforter will take up significantly less space and can be stored under your bed, at the bottom of your linen closet or in the attic.
Whether you're storing your summery decorative pillows or the sheer pillowcases that line your pillows in the summer, you can preserve these items along with your other seasonal bedding. For full pillows, consider vacuum sealing in smaller bags to save space in your storage areas. Pillow cases can be washed, folded and kept with summer sheets.