Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Caring for a Hero's Legacy: Military Uniform Preservation Tips
When dealing with fragile fabrics, it is important to remember you should not do anything you can’t undo. You should wear white gloves when handling these articles, because even the oils from your fingers can cause deterioration of the fibers. Remember that fabric is sensitive to light and humidity. While it is important for uniforms to be stored as clean as possible, attempting to clean them is only something a certified preservationist should take on.
“Working to restore vintage military uniforms and other family heirlooms has been one of the greatest honors I have had as a professional preservationist over my 40 year career,” says David King, Garment Preservationist for Shores Fine Dry Cleaning in High Point, NC. When it comes to meaningful and rare items, such as military uniforms or flags, you can trust that Shores Fine Dry Cleaning can safely clean and preserve them for a lifetime. You will be glad to know that we rely on our extensive knowledge of antique garment and vintage fabric restoration, and apply the same techniques and preservation materials recommended by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., to extend the life of these special pieces of history. As with any of our preservations, you always have the opportunity to view your treasured piece before it is boxed, ensuring your happiness with the result of our actions taken towards its restoration.
Winston-Salem, NC. He adds, “It also isn’t a bad idea to keep this and other important heirlooms near each other in order to quickly remove them in the case of an emergency, like a fire.”
In the coming months, we will feature some of the uniforms that we have had the opportunity to restore and preserve, and the men that wore them, in a series titled Real Hero’s Spotlight. Stay tuned for some grand adventures.