100 year old Torah cover cleaned
Updated on April 13, 2014 in Upholstery Cleaning
3 on April 4, 2014

These are before and after photos of a 100-year-old scroll (Torah) cover made of 100% cotton velvet pile with metallic pattern and Hebrew writing threads.

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2 on April 6, 2014

That is really dramatic.  Please share your secret to cleaning this.

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on April 13, 2014

What a great job!  It could open up a whole new market place…warning if it is maroon or it will be good to turn it white. The White Torah Coverings are used only once per year, during the High Holidays, the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement. These are extra very special days to the Jewish Culture. Great Job and hats off for Jeff for publishing these photos.

on April 6, 2014

Kevin, I do – in every class!  Actually, it’s a matter of knowing the fibers and fabrics and their reaction to various cleaning options.  In this case, I preconditioned with a reducer shampoo (one with sodium bisulfite or metabisulfite) – never an oxidizer, even peroxide, except as a very last resort.  I tested carefully and then cleaned with HWE using an acid rinse (pH 2.7). Finished with grooming in the pile direction and forced drying.

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