Moths & Storage
How do I protect my wool’s, silks, furs and feathers from moth damage?
To best protect garments and households from moths, it helps to know when they are first susceptible to this type of insect damage. Moth damage occurs mainly during storage or when the articles are not moved or worn on a regular basis. Clothes moths, which are small buff-colored moths, choose dark, quiet, undisturbed places to lay eggs. It’s the moth larvae that feed on the fabric, not the adult moths. Knowing that these items are susceptible to moth damage during storage or inactivity, here are several easy steps that will generally prevent damage:
1. Brush the wool clothes in your active wardrobe on a regular basis – a lint brush or bristled clothes brush works well for this.
2. Clean wool articles before placing in storage. Soiled wools (even those which have picked up invisible body oils) are more likely to attract moths. Dry cleaning will remove any moth eggs or larvae.
3. After cleaning, store wools in an airtight bag or container.
Can moth holes be repaired?
Moth holes can sometimes be repaired by reweaving, but before starting the repair process, it would be a good idea to first have the article dry cleaned. Dry cleaning will kill and remove any unseen insect larvae and should flush out any loose fibers revealing the full extent of the insect damage. Reweaving involves weaving yarns by hand into the damaged areas to replace the missing yarns. Yarns used for reweaving are taken from an inconspicuous part of the garment or from an outside source. It’s a tedious process and can be expensive. Reweaving is also something of a lost art, but if you want to know more about this service, please ask us.