ASSEMBLE THE FRAGMENTS
Pieces of the flag are carefully moved into their proper location. UV
filtering Mylar and PH neutral tissue protect the flag and help hold fragments
in place after repositioning.
CLEAN THE SURFACE
The Preservation Pencil, an ultrasonic humidifying
tool, is used to clean painted areas and to introduce controlled moisture
which allows the fabric to be repositioned.
REMOVE PREVIOUS TREATMENTS
In 1894 and 1904 gauze was sewn into each side of the flags. Over time
it deteriorated and became soiled. This has to be cut and carefully removed
a stitch at a time.
TAKE A PARTICULATE SAMPLE
A low velocity vacuum is attached to a sterile end chamber
which is then moved over the surface to pick up particulate matter used
for further study.
PROTECT WITH STABILTEX
Stabiltex, a very expensive micro-fiber, is heat-fused and then sewn around
each flag fragment without penetrating the fibers. This will protect the
flag from more damage.
The flag is gently vacuumed to remove dust, surface debris and soot. A
fine screen is placed between the vacuum nozzle
and flag to prevent any damage to the fragments.