Help, I had an old tapestry picture get very damp and then dry out, Might have moths in it. Don't want to throw it if it can be saved. What household products might help. Don't have any Mothballs etc...!

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 20, 2020


    If at all possible, take your tapestry and put it in a plastic bag and freeze it for at least 4 days, that should kill any moth eggs that your suspect.

    Here's a link on what you can do to prevent and treat a moth infestation:

    Best to you.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 20, 2020

    If you have a freezer, gently remove any moth residue, roll the tapestry with the front facing in, and place it in the freezer, in a ziploc bag for a month. Good luck and stay safe!

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jul 20, 2020

    I agree about the freezer. Also, you could use a handheld shark steamer as well. That would disinfect, clean and kill any bugs. Just be careful you don't burn it in any way. You might want to test on a similar fabric or a spot on the tapestry that won't be seen (like around where you hang it).

  • Em Em on Jul 20, 2020

    The microwave would kill any larvae in it. Two minutes in the microwave should do.

    If it is in a frame put just the tapestry part in, no metal, no wood. and reframe.

    Mothballs are toxic. Washing the tapestry would also do it as would the freezer but I wouldn't want them in my freezer next to food.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Jul 20, 2020

    Hi, can you try vacuuming it then putting it in the freezer to kill anything that may be in it? (if it's not too big?) You could wrap it in a large garbage bag for protections and then leave in the freezer for a minimum of 5 days and anything on it should be dead. They use this same method for old taxidermy so thought it might help.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 20, 2020

    Hello. I agree with the freezer idea, I’ve done this with some fabric vintage items.

  • I wouldn't add any cleaners to it, especially if it's a vintage piece. I would contact and antique dealer for suggestions or try the vacuum/ freezer idea. We had several and the fabric is easily damaged.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 20, 2020

    Move to a well-ventilated area or open the windows and doors to provide air circulation in the room in which the rug is located. Spray with a moth insecticide that contains pyrethrins. Vacuum thoroughly on the top side and the reverse side to remove any dead moth eggs and larvae.

  • The freezer trick works, I have used it many times. Just be sure to wrap up in freezer paper or use plastic zip lock bags if it fits rolled up.

    This also works for flour, or any grain that will attract vermin. Every time I bring a new bag of flour or similar, (even sugar), I place in the freezer for a week, then incorporate into my current stock. Also works for rice, pasta, etc. The freezer kills any potential bugs that may have been picked up in processing, packaging or shipping.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jul 20, 2020

    Hi this is Peggy. I hope this will help you get rid of the moths in your tapestry picture. Search Results

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    If you should find a moth problem on a woven tapestry, then remove the moth casings and eggs, gently roll it up (not too tight) with the front facing inwards, put it in a sealed plastic bag and put in the freezer for a month.

    General information How to protect against moths - Weavers ... › documents › Moth protection

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 19, 2020

    I ended up Dousing it with Moth spray and used a hairdryer to dry it out. Ok at the moment, but keeping a watch on it!

  • Suez Wilson Suez Wilson on Aug 24, 2021

    You can actually wet clean it with wool soap and cool water with no rubbing or wringing as long as it is kept flat like between screens and dried flat, not in the sun.