A special message from Dr. Jeffrey Lant to people who are collecting items of value...
When you collect an item of value, you have taken on a responsibility for as long as you possess it. It is not enough to collect an objet d' art... you must tend it. Here, in these photographs just taken, you see two of the many helpers, Fernando and Mitchell Mafra, who keep The Lant Collection humming along in perfect order.
One of the things that is certain to happen to you if you collect items with fabric... that is to say chairs, bedroom coverlets, and drapes, is that these items will attract dirt, dust, and grit. This means you must protect yourself against these certain destroyers, and the best way to handle this is to be aware of the people in your neighborhood who can chemically treat the fabric so that any damages to it, such as a spilled glass of red wine (the worst possible marauder), are minimized.
Personally, I use MWI Fiber-Shield, and have been doing so for over a decade. You simply explain to them what you want to do, from trying to erase a longstanding stain to treating the fabric so that any destructive elements are minimized... they are also willing to review your situation and make recommendations.
This time, they came to clean a Persian rug which receives much foot traffic, and treat several chairs from the late 18th and early 19th Centuries.
Their work is thorough with minimum chemical smell, which is easily dispersed by opening and keeping your windows open before and during the treatment. I take this opportunity to thank Fernando and Mitchell... I'm certain to see you again.
As for the rest of you, don't gamble with the integrity of your fabrics. The best fabrics in the world, which I use in my decoration, are very costly. Why risk their "health" when MWI Fiber-Shield is at hand, ready to save them all?
I have added "The Work Song" from the film "Cinderella" (1950). It was written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston. It's lyrics should inspire you to take on the necessary assistance so you do not have to do it all by yourself.
All I hear is Cinderella, from the moment I get up
till shades of night are falling
There isn't any letup, I hear them calling, calling
Go up and do the attic and go down and do the cellar, you can do them
Don't let this happen to you!
Click here to listen to the song.
Dr. Jeffrey Lant, Harvard educated, started writing for publication at age 5. Since then, he has published over 1,000 articles and 63 books, and counting.