A conservator technique is to vacuum with the fabric supported between two
screens. Start with the lowest setting on the vacuum.
Then there is wet vacuuming, although I'm not sure what you would use for
The soap most recommended is Orvus.
> Try vaccuuming it first. After that, I can't help, unfortunately.
> From: Melody <hobbitmomof4@...>
> To: F-Costume@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:54 AM
> Subject: [F-Costume] Antique linen parasol : cleaning help
> HI All,
> I just purchasesd a Vintage parasol,covered in what appears to be linen.
> The cover is presently very dirty(like dust settled into the fabric and
> sat, discoloring it) it is in remarkedly good condition given the age(I'd
> say 1910-20) It is or was a white or light beige/ecru color ,3/4 of the
> cover it the "white" and the last 1/3rd is a pink with light striped woven
> into it. The 2 pieces are connected with a faggoting (?)stitch the handle
> tip and shaft are painted wood.
> I need to know the best way to clean the fabric.Should I try vaccuuming
> the cover first? or perhaps try blasting the dust out with a compressed
> air can? What soap/detergent is reccomended for the linen,as i don't want
> to shrink it. About 30 yrs ago I conserved a similar paraasol in about the
> same state--trouble is I had a small stroke 2 yrs ago and I can't remember
> how I did it...other then it had distilled water in the plan.Do you think
> carbonated water might clean it better then still wate? just a thought.
> Anyway,any help appreciated.
> Ps .anyone know of a good book on how to recover old parasols?I couldn't
> find one and I gor conflicting answers on wether the cover had to be cut
> on the bias,for stretch or could be cut on grain in giant triangles.
> Thanks again