The term heirloom, when applied to upholstery, suggests several things that are important to consider before accepting such a cleaning job.
Value – If the piece was not valuable, it would not have been kept long enough to become an heirloom.
Age – The item has been passed down or purchased through at least two generations. Age brings with it exposure to light, air pollution and usually wear. Such fabrics can be brittle and delicate.
There are several problems that are presented by heirloom fabrics, among them bleeding, browning and fading. These problems are treated in other brochures. For this brochure we will concentrate on the brittleness and delicacy of the fabric and how to prevent damaging it.