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Snow Bunnies: Good. Dust Bunnies: Bad The Sudsies Guide to Ski Wear Storage

Time to replace the hot cocoa with lemonade…ski season is coming to a close.  Hopefully, you’ve mastered a new trick or two on the slopes, though it’s likely your snow apparel underwent a little wear-and-tear in the process.  Before storing ski clothing, there’s a few things you can do to ensure its in tip-top shape for when the resorts reopen.

  • Give all items a good cleaning to remove any excess water and prevent mold and mildew from harboring over the summer.  This includes, hats, headbands, gloves, scarves and socks (no, your boots are NOT the best place to be storing your socks).
  • For the extreme winter sport adventurers (or just the accident-prone), now is the time to mend any rips and tears in jackets and pants to help prevent any further damage, as well as remove stains so they don’t permanently set or attract critters while in storage.
  • Once clean, do not store items in plastic bags or containers.  This will only lock in moisture and humidity, counteracting the benefits of cleaning beforehand.  Storing without any protectant or well-sealed coverings, on the other hand, can make clothing susceptible to insects and other pests.  Specialty storage boxes or natural cotton garment bags, such as those found at the Container Store, are good options.  Clean, ventilated suitcases are another alternative.
  • Ideally, avoid placing in environments prone to high temperatures.  Cool, dark, dry places help prevent any fading and mildew growth.

As for tips on extending the life of ski gear, check out this article from

Proper storage takes a little extra effort, but come next winter, you’ll be ready to hit the slopes!  Let Sudsies make it a littler easier for you…we’re known for our specialty garment services and can have your items clean and ready for their summer hibernation.  For even more added convenience, make use of our new Sudsies Express Services, where you can ship your clothes to us right from your ski town and we’ll prepare and have them delivered back to your South Florida home, or wherever your Summer travels take you within the USA..

Dust Mites & Allergies

SneezingEighty percent of allergy and asthma sufferers test positive for dust mite allergy which can actually cause asthma. Dust mites are tiny microscopic bugs that lurk in carpet, on upholstered furniture, in automobiles, on clothing, and on your bed.

Your pillows, they seem harmless enough but ironically they are havens for dust mites. Each night that you sleep, your face is pressed against the very allergen that triggers symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, stuffed sinuses and a sore throat. Killing dust mites in your pillows isn’t easy but people who are allergic to dust mites will not find relief unless their pillow is allergen-free. If you want to do it yourself here is a link with a 6-step process,

It’s a scary thought but another place where dust mites lurk is in your child’s stuffed animal. Do you remember when was the last time you cleaned your child’s favorite stuffed animal? If your child suffers from allergies this is a great place to start.

Nearly two-thirds of the dust in our home is tracked in from the outside. Here are some tips to minimize dust, keep a mat at the entryway, use grates to scrape dirt off shoes, encourage your family to remove their shoes while inside and use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. While all these things make a difference it is still recommended that you clean your carpets once every 6 months which dramatically reduces pet allergens, dust mites, mold spores and bacteria.

It’s the last place you would ever think of cleaning, however it’s probably one of the most important places in your home or office – your ducts. Replacing your air filter is great, but to be completely protected from pollutants such as dust, dander, pet hair, dust mites, pollen, drywall, etc, we recommend cleaning your air ducts and air vents. Not only are these hidden contaminates harmful to your health to breathe in every day, but they can also reduce the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

No time to clean your pillows, comforters or stuffed animals? Leave it to your personal clothing and fabric concierge, Sudsies. Did we tell you about our sister company, Rugsies? Rugsies cleans more than just carpets. We can clean air ducts, furniture, and even window treatments. For more information visit our websites, and