You want to protect and preserve that military uniform but where’s a safe place to put it in your home?
I chew leather!
You’re in a battle against nature. As materials age, they break down slowly and deteriorate naturally. A good storage environment can helps slow the process and prevent damage from these forms of natural deterioration:
Ultraviolet Light. Over time, ultraviolet light (such as from sunlight) will increase brittleness and discolour fabric.
High temperatures. Low temperatures may slow down the rate of fabric deterioration. High temperatures, however, can make fabric brittle.
Moisture. Moisture can cause mildew which stains and deteriorates fabric.
Insects. Insects (moths, silverfish, carpet beetles, etc.) eat fabric.
Pollution. Pollution (dust, pollen, chemicals, cigarette smoke, etc.) can dull, stain and increase the brittleness of fabric.
Pets. While you may love them dearly, pets can chew leather, tear fabric and urinate on and discolour fabric.
The general rule of thumb for selecting a good location is to avoid storing the uniform in attics or basements or garages, against exterior walls, in direct sunlight, near furnaces or heating/air conditioning vents and in spaces below water pipes. Whew, that’s a lot of rules. So, what's left you ask? Well, that would be an interior room... in a closet or wardrobe just like how you store your everyday clothes.
If you follow these steps, the uniform will have a longer life!