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Old 03-14-2007, 09:18 AM   #1
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How long will wool "keep"

I was wondering how long wool could be stored (for future children). How long and how should you store it?

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I'm not sure, but I know I stored my summer wool in my cedar chest to be safe. I would think as long as you store it in a good place it'll last a long time. But if it has an elastic waist, the elastic may need to be replaced.
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If you allow air circulation and keep it free of pests and moisture, it could keep for a decade or more.
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Elastic is the only thing that will go; if you store it in an container (so moths & other woollie eaters can't get to it), it'll keep forever. Just make sure to put it away clean and dry.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:28 AM   #5
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Here's the info from the eBay comprehensive wool guide:
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There are two main types of critters who like to feast on wool: clothes moths and carpet beetles. Both are very small, measuring about inch long. Since they prefer dark, undisturbed areas to breed and feed, wool that is frequently used is not likely to be damaged, and needs no protection.

If your wool stash is large, or if you are going to store outgrown wool covers, then you will need to protect your garments. Mothballs, which are toxic and should never be in a home with children, and their natural cousin cedar oil, are only effective in extremely high concentrations on very young larvae, so therefore are not foolproof. Plastic will not allow the fibers to breathe, and moisture trapped in plastic-encased wool fibers can cause mold or mildew over time.

So what are you to do? It’s actually very cheap and easy to protect your wool. Wool pests will not eat plant fibers (unless soiled with human stains like blood, urine, or food), so storing your wool in clean cotton pillowcase is a great way to go. To be sure to keep the pests out, you can store the wool inside two pillowcases, each tied shut with ribbon or twine, with the tied ends on opposite sides. Store the double-bagged wool anywhere you have room for it, but it is best to avoid attics or basements.

If you fear your wool may have the beginnings of an infestation, all is not lost. Cold temperatures will kill any pests and their eggs. Just put your wool in the freezer! In a deep freezer (0 degrees F or lower), it only takes 3 days. In a kitchen freezer, which is usually set closer to the freezing point of 32 degrees, it may take up to three weeks. After removing the wool from the freezer, give it a good wash, and you’re worry free!
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Carpet beetles are a menace; we had them (unbeknownst to us) in our apartment we just moved from. I've got a cashmere sweater that has about 14 holes in it because the container it was in (under the bed) got the lid knocked off!

Just wanted to add that little tidbit. They are tiny, and you may not even realize they're there, but they're EVIL.
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Thanks for the great info!!
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