5890RE: [TheCostumersManifesto] To Clean or Not to Clean
- Nov 1, 2004Check with your local drycleaner. My father took my ex-boyfriend's flag (it
had been draped over his father's casket and then put in storage) to see if
it could be cleaned -- it was nasty and moldy and we weren't sure if it was
salvageable -- but the drycleaner did a KILLER job and didn't charge us for
From: K Murphy [mailto:costumerkate@...]
Sent: Monday, November 01, 2004 7:06 AM
Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] To Clean or Not to Clean
Okay, technically this is not a costuming question, but I am hoping to get
some advice from people who know about fabric and whom I know I can trust.
I found an older (48 stars) flag that is 3' x 5' large, and I would like to
display it on my living room wall. But first I would like to clean it,
because the "white" stripes appear almost brown. I think the flag is made
of linen. The blue is very faded, and the red has turned kind of rusty, but
the flag is still beautiful. The different colored fabrics are stitched
together, but the colors do not appear to have "run," so I'm hoping that
means it's colorfast. The fabric has only one small hole, and there is a
reinforced binding I think I could safely roll around a support.
One flag dealer I checked with advises not cleaning the flag at all, just
"enjoying its patina." Another site I checked on advises cleaning large
textiles in the bathtub with Neutrogina Face Wash.
Could anyone with experience or knowledge about this kind of thing offer
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