Store that vintage quilt or textile in the wrong place and it could permanently damage the piece, and you end up losing your investment. Even worse, you lose your heritage if it was your Grandmother's hand-quilted masterpiece. So what do you do?Any stored textile needs protecting from light, dust, insects, mildew, pollution and changes in temperature and humidity. Clean the piece with as much care as possible without damaging it. If the piece is old or valuable, you may need to consult a textile conservation expert.No textile should be stored in direct contact with raw wood, finished wood, newspaper, or cardboard. Wood-related products produce acid as they age and can create brown or yellow stains on your piece. Same goes for metal shelving and contact with rust. Plastic bags from the dry cleaners often have chemicals that attract dust or trap moisture creating an ideal climate for mildew. You can purchase acid-free archival tissue paper and wrap your NR Knitted Fabric in that, but change out the tissue paper every few years.Store the item flat in an archival-quality box or rolled on a tube away from direct sunlight or fluorescent light. Too much light will deteriorate the textile and damage fibers. Quilts and blankets should be periodically taken out and refolded if necessary, so that long term creases-which create tension and stretch fabrics-are avoided. For short term or seasonal storage you can make a bag from unbleached muslin, which will allow the fabric to breathe, but protect it from dust and environmental pollution. Textiles shouldn't be stored in a garage, basement or attic where changes in humidity and temperature can't be controlled.Tender loving care of your quilts and other textiles will keep those treasures in good condition and can be enjoyed for years to come.