Large Hangers To Protect Your Investment!
Care and preservation for natural fiber textiles using the heavy duty SuperHanger
Heavy Duty Hangers for Textiles, Linens, Fabrics and More
Textiles, quilts, robes, costumes, garments, linens, all fabrics can be maintained for many years of use and enjoyment provided that attention is given to their care and preservation. We have compiled some information to assist in helping individuals to care for their heirlooms and investments. First you must minimize or eliminate factors that cause damage. Second is to follow basic guidelines for handling, storing and cleaning.
Causes of Fabric Deterioration
A variety of factors contribute to the deterioration of textiles. A few factors include; light, pollution, creases, careless handling, and inappropriate storage. Poor environments include storage or display areas where there are high light levels, extreme and/or fluctuating temperature, poor ventilation, humidity levels and pests.
Exposure to both natural and artificial light can damage and threaten the longevity of textiles. Textiles are highly susceptible to fading and weakening due to light exposure. Ultraviolet light is capable of causing the greatest amount of damage within the shortest period of time. Ultraviolet is present in sunlight and it is also emitted by many light bulbs.
Ultraviolet light can be eliminated by the use of ultraviolet filtering glass. UV filtering Plexiglas and filters should be utilized in windows and picture frames. These materials are available from conservation suppliers.
Temperature and Humidity
Temperature and humidity are interconnected. Both extremes and fluctuations in temperature and humidity can cause damage to textile fibers. Most often, damage occurs due to the expansion and contraction of fibers in response to drastic changes in temperature and relative humidity levels. These changes can damage the resiliency, elasticity and strength of fibers. Therefore, it is important to minimize extreme climatic fluctuations.
A variety of pests can cause structural damage to textiles. Pests such as; clothes moths, carpet beetles, and silverfish. Clothing moths feed on protein materials such as wool and feathers. Carpet beetles also feed on protein materials. Silverfish feed on starchy materials such as glue and fabric sizing.
When infestation is suspected, sticky traps should be placed on the floor near the storage or display area to monitor the type and number of insects present. Periodic inspections and cleaning of storage and display areas provides a simple and safe method of prevention.
Pollution can derive from outdoor sources or from substance in the indoor environment. Ozone and a variety of other chemicals can weaken fibers. Cigarette smoke and aerosol sprays can deposit oily particles onto fibers causing severe damage.
To manage or minimize damage by external pollutants, frequent inspection of air conditioning and furnace filtration is recommended.
Textiles should be laid out on a flat clean surface when examining, cleaning or preparing them for storage or display. Wash and dry hands thoroughly before you begin touching textiles.
There are three basic types of storage;
- Rolled out;
Flat storage is great, particularly for fragile items. It provides even support that helps to minimize fiber damage. Utilizing drawers, trays, shelves or boxes are recommended. When selecting flat storage methods, it is important to choose materials that will not harm textiles. Wood, uncoated metal shelves and wood-based cardboard boxes should not be placed in direct contact with the textiles. Recommended materials for storage include baked enamel metal shelving units, acid-free lignin-free boxes and other archival quality materials.
Folding and stacking of textiles should be avoided. If folding is unavoidable, folded areas should be padded with acid-fee tissue so tight creases do not form.
The method of storing large flat textiles is to roll the textiles onto tubes. The decorative side should face outside on the roll. Fragile textiles should be layered between acid-free tissue. Layering involves placing tissue on the front surface of the textile and then rolling the textile onto a tube with tissue in place. All textiles is best covered with washed muslin or acid-free tissue.
Hanging Storage Using Large Hangers
The hanging method has many advantages to storing fabrics of all kinds, whether it be linens, garments, accessories, quilts, comforters, etc., especially on The Original SuperHanger. Using the right heavy duty hangers, properly hung items will benefit abundantly. These specialty, wide hangers prevent creases, allows items to hang smoothly and breathe, its design creates its own air cleaning system with sufficient air circulation, and it eliminates the chores of ironing or pressing. Hanging items on The Original SuperHanger also provides preservation and longevity to heirlooms, investments and anything that fits on these large hangers. The SuperHanger is practical, affordable, itís ever so useful, and it fits in standard closets.
When preserving textiles, its best to cover the fabric with a pre-washed muslin or acid-free tissue. The use of metal and wood hangers should be avoided.