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How Humidity Affects Your Clothing


When it comes to your arsenal of clothes, you spend a lot of time and money accumulating your collection. So, when humidity threatens all of the money hanging in your closet, action must be taken. As closets are typically unventilated spaces, without windows, humidity can become trapped. This can lead to numerous detrimental effects on both your clothing and the state of your closet. Here’s how humidity affects your things:

Musty Clothing

Regardless of whether you wash your clothes with lavender-scented detergent, if you have high humidity in your closet, your clothes won’t come out smelling like a rose. Humid air carries a musty odor that will cling to your garments.

Deterioration of Garments

No matter the type of fabric, from linen to synthetic fibers and from cotton to artificial leather, garments will deteriorate when moisture builds up within your closet. This occurs, as fibers naturally expand and contract in response to relative humidity levels causing fragmentation of the fabric. Although there isn’t humid clothes, there are fabrics that are more susceptible to humidity and making you sweat.

Mold Growth

Where there is excess moisture, there is a chance for mold growth. If your closet has a lot of nooks and crannies, and you are worried about your indoor humidity levels, pull your clothes out and check your closet walls and drawers. If you spot mold, immediately have it removed, as this can jeopardize your indoor air quality and your family’s health.

If your clothes are affected, and repetitive washing does not resolve the odor attached to your garments, try washing your items with ¼ to ½ cup of white vinegar. If this does not rid your clothes of lingering must, use baking soda. Throw in ¼ to ½ a cup of baking soda into your washing machine and run the cycle. This should do the trick!

For humidity control and indoor air quality maintenance, contact Air Conditioning Specialist, Inc. at (844) 256-6800. We are continuing to implement CDC protocols to keep our clients and our technicians safe and healthy.