We’ve all seen them. Holes caused by insects that seem to appear mysteriously in our clothes. Clothing that has been stored for a long time or that in worn infrequently is particularly prone to insect damage. The most familiar is moth damage, which is commonly seen on wool fabrics. However, beetles, silverfish, roaches, and other insects feed on stains and sizings in all types fabrics. There are two types of insect damage: direct and indirect.
Direct damage occurs when insects feed directly on the fabric. The insects attack wool, mohair, natural bristles, fur, feathers, down and other fabrics. They also damage blended fibers such as wool/polyester – dispelling the notion that the use of synthetic fibers immunizes the fabrics against insect damage.
Indirect damage occurs when insects feed on leftover food, perspiration, beverage spills, and starch on the fabric.
Before replacing garments in closets and drawers and before storing seasonal clothing, all stains, especially food and beverage stains, should be removed. Cleaning removes a food source and discourages insects from making their homes in your garments.
Using cedar chests or chips also can help prevent insect damage. The scent of cedar chests and chips repels insects. However, it is the air tightness of a cedar chest that protects garments from insect damage.
For more information, ask one of our customer service representatives or contact Flair via our website.