Due to a leaky roof at the shop, I have been spending time going through stacks of papers as I re-file things. What follows are random tidbits of useful information I’ve rediscovered.
Removing a stain on straw – If an organic stain, dab with hydrogen peroxide and blot from both sides until almost dry. After straw is completely dry, if the stain remains, repeat. If the stain is chemical based, try a dry cleaning solvent.
Removing glue (e.g., when stripping off an old hatband) – lay a sheet of tissue paper over the glue area and apply low dry heat from iron. Gently move tissue over spot and repeat until most of the glue has been absorbed by the tissue. Then brush the nap (or surface) to remove rest.
Acid-free Tissue – There are two types of acid-free tissue, buffered and unbuffered.
- The buffered tissue is opaque white and has a slightly chalky feel. This is due to the buffering agent, known as calcium carbonate, that is added to the paper to prolong its acid-free quality. Many people like that it has a certain amount of bulk when crumpled, which allows for padding ad bolstering. You can safely use this paper for all textile storage needs.
- Unbuffered tissue is also acid-free, but does not have the acid buffers or an acid reserve. It is softer to the touch and more fibrous in appearance. It was developed specifically for use with silk and wool textiles, in case the calcium carbonate in the buffered product could be harmful to these materials. (There has been no published verification of any damage caused by buffered acid-free paper to textile protein materials). Because of its softer texture it can be used with the most fragile textiles that might otherwise be harmed by sharp creases or edges in the buffered tissue.
- Tyvek is an acid-free product but thought too expensive to use as layering tissue. It does make a good outer covering, or storage tray support.
Note: Thank you to Regional Alliance for Preservation for this information on acid-free tissue.