The Lace Museum Detroit adheres to principles of Cleaning & Storage as dictated by:
The Victoria and Albert Museum: www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/c/cleaning-textiles
The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute: http://www.si.edu/mci/
Storing Antique Lace and Textiles
Storage areas should be clean, cool, dry, dark, and free from drastic changes in temperature.
Textiles should be cleaned and stored un-ironed and un-starched. There should be no contact with
tissue or paper. Paper tends to be acidic; acid is especially damaging to textiles. Instead, wrap
textiles in clean, white cotton or muslin cloth. Textile fibers need to be in an environment where
there is some air movement; the best place to store antique textiles is on top in a drawer.Textiles
also should not be exposed to light because the natural cellulose fibers (cotton and linen) and
animal fibers (silk and wool), of which most antique textiles are made, are damaged by the sun
and indoor light fixtures. The ideal temperature is 65-70°F (18-21°C), with relative humidity
between 40% and 50%.
The mid 18th century Goffering Machine was often used in the Laundry Rooms of very wealthy homes. This is like a Miniature Mangle with ribbed surfaces that, when used, gave linen a freshly frilled
(photos are courtesy of Castle Ward, County Down of Northern Ireland).