CLEANING & FUMIGATION
Cleaning removes soil that, if left, can accelerate the deterioration of a textile. The acidic nature of most soils can hasten degradation, and some soils can abrade the fibers of a textile. The cleaning of a textile will serve to not only improve the pH but also the overall appearance. The treatments available for cleaning include such procedures as dry surface cleaning, vacuuming, localized spot cleaning, wet cleaning, dry cleaning and suction table cleaning.
When textiles show evidence of an active insect infestation, fumigation treatment should proceed immediately. Vacuuming combined with freezing and/or dry cleaning is the method of insect eradication we choose. Your piece will be thoroughly vacuumed before and after repeated freezing cycles, in a freezing chamber. The success of the treatment relies on the rapid freezing to a very low temperature and slow thawing of the object. The process is repeated two or three times over a one to two week period, with intermittent vacuuming. Heavily infested textiles will require more cycles.