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How to Freshen Up your Sweaters after Storage

DATE 10 / 20 / 2020

It’s finally sweater season: time for your sweaters to venture out of hibernation! If you didn’t have the time to properly store your sweaters last summer, don’t fret! It’s never too late to start taking proper care of your things, sweaters included! We’ve laid out the best ways to keep your sweaters looking brand new year after year, all you have to do is follow along!

Why Sweaters?

Autumn’s chill has begun to settle into the morning breeze, the leaves that crunch under your boots, and the fog of your daily coffee. Fall is the most enchanting season; the leaves teach us that it’s okay to fall, that we’ll be born anew if only we are patient (just like our sweaters have been, awaiting our return and their deliverance from tattered cardboard boxes and dingy basements).

One of the most common questions at the beginning of the fall season is this: “How do I revive my sweater after it’s been in storage?” Too many people assume that putting sweaters into storage and taking them out again is far simpler than it actually is. 

If you’ve somehow stumbled across this post at the end of winter, check out the Lilly Brush Team’s last post on sweater care, for when you’re packing your sweaters up for storage. 

For those of you who have found this post in early to mid-autumn, read on to find our best advice for removing your sweaters from storage.

Step 1

After being stored away for so long, your sweater needs some extra attention and TLC. Since it’s been stored away for months, once it comes out of hiding, the first thing it needs is a good wash. 

Clean your sweater in the washer on the delicate setting or wash by hand in cold or room temperature water. Water that’s warm or hot will shrink the sweater, so avoid anything warmer than room temperature in order to keep your sweater in pristine condition. 

Step 2

Allow your sweater to air dry before moving forward in the sweater revival process. Lay on a towel or drying rack to avoid hanger marks in the sleeves. 

Your sweater may have collected a few unsuspected scents after emerging from the box it’s been stored in, so a thorough wash and dry is essential to the wellbeing and longevity of your most treasured sweaters. Allowing your sweater to dry in a clean, fresh area will infuse the sweater with the cleanliness and freshness of the area. 

Step 3

Your sweater will most likely have pills and lint after coming out of storage, especially if it wasn’t stored in the proper conditions. Use our handy Save Our Sweaters brush to rid of all the excess pillage and dust! This brush works on 100% natural fibers, including cashmere, wool, and cotton. Even I have been guilty of improperly storing my sweaters during the summer months, and this brush has done nothing less than save my sweaters. 

The Save Our Sweaters brush was specifically designed for those excess annoyances that prevent your sweater from being the most fashionable item in your wardrobe, and will leave you and your sweaters with a vibrant fall glow.