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Care & Repair

From removing watermarks and repairing scratches on furniture, to cleaning jewellery and textiles, to storing and displaying your collection, our unique online guide is the place to start.

Care and RepairDealing with Fungus in Leather

The best protection against fungus is to store and display leather objects in a damp-free, well-ventilated environment. In very damp climates a traditional supplementary deterrent is to get a...

Lucite BagDeteriorating Plastics & What To Do

Although they appear stable, plastics from the late 19thC to the 21stC can deteriorate after time. Having identified any signs of deterioration, you should isolate affected pieces from the rest of a collection, and...

plasticDisplaying Plastic

All plastics are sensitive to light, especially direct sunlight, but also artificial light. The consequences of overexposure vary, from simple discoloration to...

textileDry-Cleaning Non-Colorfast Textiles

Place the textile on a sheet of plastic and cover it with nylon filament screening. Pass the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner 2.5 to 5cm above the surface to remove any dust. Lay the textile on the screening. Heat dry potato starch in a saucepan...

GlassDrying Glass

Many problems can be avoided by always drying glass thoroughly after cleaning, and by always storing or displaying it in well-ventilated, damp-free surroundings. The best way to dry all types of glass is to wipe it gently with either a chamois leather or a soft...

Antique Rug ThumbDusting a Rug

Rugs should be dusted regularly, and always before washing and removing stains, to remove small pieces of grit and dirt that gradually erode the fibres if left to accumulate. Regular dusting will also remove any moth eggs that might be incubating in the fibres...