How to Clean or Restore Needlepoint

Cleaning and restoring needlepoint is a specialty art.  If you need something cleaned, don't take it to the dry cleaners unless you know they are experienced in handling needlepoint and other specialty textiles.

Here's a brief helpful article for spot cleaning from Needlepoint for Fun.  The other links below are more involved and from specialists.
https://www.needlepoint-for-fun.com/how-to-clean.htm?fbclid=IwAR3NE1YHConE_3F60PCelQQ23uunBZnbaC05ASou5x_v-L2tcaDF2YhXas0

You can sometimes find help at a museum if you are in a large city.  There are online tips as well.  Here is what the Museum Conservation Institute says about textiles.
https://www.si.edu/mci/english/learn_more/taking_care/handletex.html

Information from the Smithsonian.
https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/blog/conservation-and-care/how-to-care-for-textiles

Information from the Victoria and Albert.
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/c/cleaning-textiles/

You can download care tips for textiles here and...
https://learning.culturalheritage.org/caring-treasures

…you can also look for an expert to hire.
https://www.culturalheritage.org/membership/find-a-conservator

Nancy Lukofski and Melissa Beck are experts on needlepoint conservation and cleaning.  The first link below has some tips from Nancy about cleaning soiled needlepoint.  Amy Bunger took a class with her and wrote it up.  The second link is an interview with Melissa.
https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/p/how-to-clean-or-restore-needlepoint.html

https://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2017/07/fiber-talk-interviews-melissa-beck.html

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