Signs of Damage
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Signs of Damage

You should regularly check textile items in your church for damage. Look for the following signs:

  • thin and broken threads and fibres
  • a dusty, dirty appearance
  • staining and watermarks
  • weakened seams, with loose or broken stitching
  • fading of colours where exposed to light
  • the smell of mould when the item is taken out of storage
  • evidence of insect infestation, such as moth-holes
  • corrosion of metal fittings and dulling/blackening of silver embroidery