The Cowboy Shirt: Notes and Links
Caring for textiles is not quite as intuitive as one might think. There are a number of considerations to keep in mind and in this blog post we will discuss them. Listen to My Favorite Family Heirloom podcast episode, “The Cowboy Shirt” for more details…
Notes and links from “The Cowboy Shirt” episode
Collections Care Problems in Textiles:
Dust causes dirtiness
Less folds is better for long term storage
Don’t Store near acidic or dirty objects
Store the textile in a box that lets air circulate, not plastic storage bins
Don’t hang textiles use flat storage if possible
Don’t clean your textiles, if at all possible. (if you must read about cleaning textiles below)
Disaster (Fire or water damage)
For more information check out these links about caring for textiles:
Keep in mind that dry cleaning is not recommended (for other cleaning methods see University of Georgia: Cleaning textiles linked below as well) but if you must dry clean look over these reccomendation. Even on this sheet they exclaim "Very few museum textiles are good candidates for dry cleaning." Understand that dry cleaning is hard on the fabric but for some very specific items dry cleaning might be a choice that you could make. This pamphlet discusses which items it would be ok to dry clean and how to find an appropriate dry cleaner.
This article details how to determine what synthetic fibers your garment is, and how to preserve them based on fabric type. As time rolls on the increase of heirloom made of synthetic fibers will grow and this information could be very helpful
Tips and basics for storing textiles, and good general overview of what to think about when learning about storing your textile heirlooms
General overview on how to store textiles at home. There are tips for clothes and cloth as well as for tapestries and rug and costumes.
Detailed explanation of the cause of deterioration and how to combat them. She talks about handling and storage. Great visuals and resources.
Focusing on cleaning and storing your heirlooms through various methods: vacuuming, wet cleaning, storing, rolling, Hanging, garment covers and marking a textile. A good general overview as well as a slideshow in how to make padded hangers.