Lady Macbeth, take note

If all the perfumes of Arabia won’t get out that spot on your antique fabric, the Washington Post has a suggestion.


You’d be wise to hire a professional conservator, not a dry cleaner, the newspaper says, referring to the American Institute for Conservation, which offers a free “find a conservator” service through its Web site. You can specify your Zip code and the number of miles you’re willing to travel.

The cost depends on many factors–for example, how much fabric there is, the style of the skirt and whether the shawl has tassels.  The process easily could set you back as much as $200-300, which would include testing all of the colors to make sure the dyes are stable and then wet-cleaning the fabrics to remove as much stain as possible.

Linen, like cotton, is a cellulose fiber that tends to yellow with age. Dry-cleaning solvents don’t remove the discoloration but wet-cleaning might.

Come New Year’s Day, when all that red wine you served makes an unwelcome return appearance, you’ll be glad you read this post, no?

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