TEXTILE CONSERVATION SERVICES

Cleaning

Free advice on textile care.

Cleaning is required to improve the visual appearance of a textile. It is also required to preserve the textile by removing acidic and abrasive soiling that can cause accelerated deterioration.

Specialised cleaning will be designed to suit your textile. This can include wet cleaning, solvent cleaning, spot cleaning and dry surface cleaning and vacuum table suction cleaning.

The cleaning method selected will depend on the construction of your textile, the stability of the dyes and the condition of the textile.

Stabilization and Display

Stabilisation of weakened or damaged textiles.

Textiles are generally supported with a new underlay or overlay of fabric. They are held to this fabric with specific stitching techniques, by pressure or by using an archival adhesive. Large free hanging textiles may require a more substantial lining. The most appropriate technique depends on the construction and condition of the textile.

Mounting and preparation of textiles for framing and display depends on the style of the textile and the intended use. Archival materials and mounting methods can be incorporated into original frames.

Textiles can be stitched to a solid mount board or stretcher for open display or be framed using Ultra Violet filtering glass or Perspex for added protection. Free hanging textiles can be supported through other display methods depending on the weight of the fabric.

Specialised display systems can be designed and manufactured for individual textiles such as hats, collars, 3 dimensional textiles and robes. These systems provide support for safe but attractive display.

Storage and Documentation

A written treatment proposal and quotation is provided free of charge after examining your textile.

Provision of archival storage rolls and boxes, costume covers and storage materials.

Specialised design and manufacture of textile storage systems for complex and oversize objects.

Written condition, treatment and photographic documentation.

Documentation for insurance claims providing a Conservation Treatment Proposal with estimated cost of treatment and expected results. This documentation can be prepared on site if it is difficult for damaged textiles to be transported.