Ravenous time tarnish everything that comes its way whether living or non-living. It’s the rule of nature to preserve things as long as time permits. Cloth is often considered as a sturdy material. But over a phase, it is weakened by continuous exposure to soil, heat etc.
Rare cloth dolls are difficult to preserve and maintain. It needs quality time and concentration on part of cloth doll collector. Dollhouse collectables brings you few tips for the long life and preservation of your affable cloth dolls:
Dust off your cloth doll at regular intervals. Mind not to wash it, just tidy it with a soft hand with help of some clean duster. Crease the dress gently and remove superfluous additions like ribbons, jewellery, pins etc,
Check for any abnormal damages or wear/tear that may expand further.
Protect dolls from pests and moths. It’s wise to keep a cloth doll in quarantine to prevent infection.
Over handling or extensive cleaning should be avoided. It’s advisable to consult a professional cloth doll conservator, when a doubt crop up.
Isolate a neat place free from insects, dirt etc. before cleaning cloth dolls. Don’t keep eatables, beverages, flammable substances, paint, ink, glue, sharp objects etc. close to doll.
Wash your hands before cleaning or repairing an antique cloth doll, if possible wear plastic gloves.
Avoid rush and carry doll with both hands. As a rare cloth doll is extremely fragile to be mishandled.