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Slowly, over time, all of your precious heirlooms will deteriorate because of environmental conditions, use, accidents, and natural decay. The temperate climates, most prevalent in North America, are inundated with hazards to textiles. Foster-Stephens’ Keepsake line of acid-free boxes and bags are designed to minimize these hazards and preserve your precious items.
Please read our FAQ for more information.
Hazards to combat are:
Our Acid-Free Boxes:
Foster-Stephens’ acid-free boxes are strong and sturdy, keep out light, stabilize humidity levels, keep out dust, pollutants, mold, mildew and allow for air circulation. You will not find brown kraft paper lining the insides of our boxes, unlike most storage boxes. Beware of dry cleaners that use an inexpensive box to pack your precious garment. Brown craft board is acidic and will break down and cause severe damage to your textiles. Our boxes are made to ANSI/NISO Z39.48 - 1992 standards. They have been safely storing garments around the world since 1947.
Our Tyvek® Storage Bags:
We choose DuPontTM Tyvek® for our storage bags because it has the distinction of being recognized as a standard of excellence for medical packaging. Made of 100% high-density polyethylene is has all the best characteristic of paper, film and fabric in one material. Tyvek® is a porous material that offers a higher degree of protection over any others. Tyvek® holds out bacterial spores and particles even under the worse conditions. Tyvek® is lightweight but very strong and will resist punctures and tears from sharp edges. It is also air-permeable and yet it is highly resistant to the penetration of water. For these reasons, museums and conservators worldwide use Tyvek®.
Our Muslin Bags and Wrap:
Natural unbleached muslin is stable and non-acidic. It is a great buffer against moisture and contaminants found in your home. Our muslin wrap is also pre-washed to remove all starches so that you can wrap your gown, textile and precious heirlooms in it for safekeeping.
Foster-Stephens, inc. has been producing storage solutions to preserve and protect wedding gowns and other family treasures since 1936. Our product line includes many styles and sizes of archival protection boxes and bags. We pride ourselves in providing the finest quality archival storage solutions; our products provide the quality and durability that museums demand while being easy to use and store.