How to move degraded textiles

How to move degraded textiles

When moving or handling textiles it is important to remember that they are more fragile than they might appear. It is important to always distribute the weight of the fabric evenly, so that stress is not put on any particular area. For smaller pieces it is advised that you slide a piece of paper underneath it and then carry the paper. This approach limits the contact your hands will have with the actual object and provides for evenly distributed support. It is also very important that you use gloves when handling fabrics. Oils from skin, as well as shedding skin cells which attract mites, can be very damaging to textiles. White cotton gloves, available at many photo supply stores, are recommended. Also, remove any and all jewelry before moving or handling textiles as even the slightest rough edge can damage the fibers.

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