Preserving historic textiles includes safely packing and storing them in a way that suits not only the artifact but also your available space and budget. Museum Textile Services' new Vac & Pack options provide a quick assessment, surface cleaning with a HEPA vacuum, and packing in an acid-free museum storage box, all for one lower price. Vac & Pack is an ideal solution for clients who do not need a conservation report or who aren't ready to commit to conservation at this time.
Before your textiles are put in their new storage boxes, textile conservators perform a quick assessment to identify any pests, microbial activity, water damage, or other emerging condition issue. Next we carefully surface clean the textile with a high-efficiency filtered collections vacuum that adjusts to a safe level of suction for any textile. Different approaches are taken depending on the fiber content, weave structure, and condition. These videos show a micro-vacuum attachments being used on the front of a silk patchwork quilt, and a standard flat attachment being used on the solid, cotton backing.
After vacuuming, textiles are packed in unbuffered, acid-free tissue in one of eight available sized museum storage boxes. Prices range from $200 to $600, including all materials. All Vac & Pack items can be easily shipped back to you after treatment for an additional charge. To use our convenient Vac & Pack inquiry form, click here. A member of the MTS staff will be in touch within 5 business days.
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