Textile Storage Boxes

The preferred storage environment for textiles is in the dark, with an RH of 40 - 50%. Preferably textiles should be stored flat, with folds padded to avoid sharp creases. Textiles should be carefully cleaned before storage.


Various sizes of acid free archival quality storage boxes are availible from conservation supply stores. Good quality plain cardboard boxes can also be used, lined with acid free tissue or microfoam. Even archival quality boxes should have a bottom lining of tissue.


A layer of acid free tissue, bubblepack or microfoam is placed in the bottom of the box and a pair of socks laid out.



Another pair of socks is laid out. If there is not enough room, the socks can be folded, with the fold padded with microfoam or tissue.


When the layer is complete, another sheet of tissue is laid out and the process is repeated.


Shirts can be stored in boxes, with the sleeves folded. The folds are padded and the shoulder seams as well.

A cloth bag containing mothballs or moth crystals can be put in the box if desired. Textile boxes should be inspected every few months for signs of infestation.

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