Over the years, and with the experience of cleaning thousands of gowns, we have developed proprietary gentle soaking procedures to safely remove stains even from silk satin gowns. Few preservationists are capable of matching our stain removal successes. Here is an overview of our cleaning and preservation procedure.
Completely archival, our storage box and tissue are acid-free, sulfer and lignin-free, and buffered to remain acid-free. Just because a product (like cardboard) is described as acid-free that does not mean it will remain acid-free. Only true archival-quality products are guaranteed to remain acid free.
The desized, unbleached, and washed cotton muslin liner serves as a fabric filter and blotter which helps keep any moisture away from the gown.
This is not the lesser quality more typical sealed box method. The materials JEEVES utilizes are truly archival and not sealed. Museum conservators recommend the unsealed Museum Box Storage method over the sealed box method. The sealed box method uses a seal to stabilize the cardboard box that is not of archival quality. Even though most boxes these days are acid-free, they are not of archival quality and contain sulfer and ligin that will eventually turn acidic once exposed to moisture and air. All materials JEEVES uses are truely archival in nature.
Store your boxed gown in a cupboard or closet in the main section of the house, preferably in a place where it will be left undisturbed. A guestroom or spare room closet is ideal. Don't store your gown in the attic, basement, on a cement slab, or in a closet that contains an outside wall. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can result in damage to the gown. If at all possible, it is best to store the box flat to prevent shifting of the gown during storage. If it is necessary to store the box on end there is adequate tissue to support the gown from bunching up at the box bottom.
We suggest that you store your gown in a cool, dark, dry location. Check it every two or three years and refold it to prevent permanent creases, but otherwise keep handling to a minimum. Because oils from your skin can damage the preservation, we always include a pair of white gloves to use whenever you handle your gown.
( JEEVES Central Processing Unit - Jakarta Indonesia )