When cleaning textiles, arguably the most delicate of artifacts, it is best to use a low-powered vacuum with attachments, often in tandem with a mesh screen. For the capelet, I used the museum’s Miele vacuum with a small round brush attachment. In lieu of a mesh screen, I attached spandex netting (pantyhose) to the interior of the attachment to prevent potentially substantial loss of material (for example, beads from the trim). The interior black silk, exterior black velvet, and lace hem I deemed, after testing, sturdy enough to withstand the brush attachment alone. When cleaning the bead trim, I secured another piece of netting to the brush head itself.
Videos. (2017, November 22). Vacuuming Historic Clothing. Retrieved August 3, 2018, from https://sustainingplaces.com/videos/