Simple advice from the Icon Care of Collections Group for caring for a variety of household objects and materials, including glassware, wood, textiles, books and leather
When looking for conservation tips, we might have treasured family heirlooms and works of art in mind. However, household objects and materials should also be considered - with proper care and maintenance, we can extend the lifetimes of objects and make more sustainable choices.
The Icon Care of Collections Group gives simple advice for caring for a variety of household objects and materials, including glassware, wood, textiles, books, stone, metals and leather.
You can watch the full webinar covering all materials and objects below, or browse the clips in our Caring for your collection YouTube Playlist.
Regular inspection and careful cleaning is the best way to prevent damage like stains, mould, corrosion and insects. These resources were originally created by the Icon Care of Collections Group in support of SPAB's National Maintenance Week, which is a reminder for anyone who looks after a building - regardless of its age, type or purpose - of the simple, achievable steps they can take to prepare for the worst that winter can bring.
The owner can undertake measures to prevent damage to objects and heirlooms; however there are instances when a conservator can provide invaluable help. You can find a conservator on Icon's free to use Conservation Register.