Treating old velvet with possible dry rot

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by vintagerestorer, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. vintagerestorer

    vintagerestorer Registered Guest

    I have a vintage Paquin that has a great deal of damage. The velvet is crunchy to the touch. The jacket is so damaged it is unlikely I can save it but the dress only has a few crunchy spots. I am determined to save the dress. What is the best method of cleaning old velvet and treating dry rot? I would rather not take it to a dry cleaner, I am afraid they might just make it worse by throwing it into a massive tumble washer. Would hand washing washing it in a mild detergent and a bit of mild fabric softener help?
     

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