Post by Mohammed.
There are many ways to clean textiles. One such way is to wash textiles.
The process of washing textiles, archaeological or historic is difficult and dangerous. The last choice of conservators is to wash textiles because archaeological or heritage textiles tend to be fragile. They contain a lot of damage such as holes that occur as the result of mice that cause the rupture of the weave and loss of parts of the design. Edges may be frayed and unstable colors may run when exposed to moisture. These are just a few of the problems but when the decision is to wash the conservator must be attentive to all the woven details and deal with it with caution. They must follow these steps:
1. Test colors to know if they will run with water. Use a material that has good absorption capability when it is soaked with water first. Then it is placed on the color to be tested – to check if dyes will run.
2. Sew the frayed edges and fragile places with white net, which allows water to pass through and covers these places from loss and more damage.
3. A simple tank of PVC pipe, plastic sheet can be made. Use a plastic support that allows water to pass through it as a base for the textile.
5. Textile is washed with soap and water and using a sponge.
6. Dry the textile.