Reply To: Wet Cleaning of Textiles


Hi Rini – As a textile/costume conservator, my answer has to be “It all depends”. It depends on the specific historic textile itself as well as specifics of the physical location of where you want to do this wet cleaning. My suggestion is to contact a local textile conservator for a consultation about the specific historic textile(s) you are thinking about wet cleaning. Wet cleaning may not be the appropriate cleaning technique for that specific historic textile. Where are you located? If you are in the US, the professional organization for conservators, AIC, has a free online referral service available at: