Dry Cleaning: Kills Moths Dead

Are you planningExpert Dry Cleaning Kills Moths on storing garments in a closet or attic for the season? Remember to have them dry cleaned first. Dry cleaning is a major weapon in the war against moths. Moths thrive in stains, especially perspiration stains and food stains - they feed on the oils contained in stains and find them to be the perfect place to lay eggs.

And just because you can't see a stain doesn't mean it's not there. Certain beverage stains or body oils might not be immediately apparent to the naked eye, but can still pose problems down the line. These stains can start off invisible, but start yellowing over time (a process called oxidation). And they're a perfect target for moths. Before storing your garments, have them dry cleaned first - we’ll get those stains out, even the ones that you didn’t see were there.

Follow these few quick steps to keep moths from ruining your favorite outfit:

1. Catch and dispose of any moths you see flying in your home, but remember, the real threat comes from the invisible eggs they lay.

2. Launder or dry-clean all of your winter clothes prior to storage. This will eliminate larvae, as well as any skin, hair and stain residues that could nourish future deposits. This will also prevent stains from setting in and becoming impossible to get out next fall.

3. Place folded or rolled garments in plastic air tight containers. Cardboard boxes and shopping bags offer moths too many entry points, and are too porous to prevent water damage.

4. Include cedar chips or lavender and rosemary sachets instead of mothballs. Mothballs can be too harsh for many garments and are apt to make your clothes smell less than fragrant.

5. Hang winter coats and suits on cedar or plastic hangers, then store them in breathable garment bags or no bag. Plastic dry cleaning bags are not intended for permanent storage. Do not lay garments on carpet, as it may contain pesky carpet beetles.