Reply To: long unconstructed gowns – flat storage or hanging?


Definitely cover the pool noodles with a couple of layers of fabric (my preference as more durable especially during a disaster recovery, easier to obtain large enough pieces, reusable) or unbuffered tissue (not my preference) as part of that “ounce of prevention = pound of cure”. If the vestments have a lot of metallic thread/components/embroidery, consider first covering the pool noodles (including both ends) with at least one layer of heavy duty aluminum foil first before then covering with the fabric/unbuffered tissue. Make sure you obtain hangers that are large/wide enough to provide complete support thru the shoulder area as I have witnessed a lot of damage to shoulder areas of vestments from the use of too small/narrow hangers – otherwise flat storage is best.