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    Posted: April/04/2012 at 11:04pm
I was just wondering if anyone had any advice to cleaning an apron. I've recently started collecting some masonic memoribilia, and have aquired my first vintage apron. It's a master's apron from 1959 and the lambskin has kind of yellowed. Just wondering if anyone had any advice to give it its nice white color back before I frame it for my den. Also it must have been stored in a trunk somewhere and has a slight musty smell to it, any advice on getting that smell out?
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You could contact the Museum of National Heritage in Lexington, Mass., run by the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of Scottish Rite.  They restore all sorts of Masonic regalia.
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There is a spray on product for upholstered furniture that is called "Febreze" and it might help  with the musty smell.  You might want to try it on a small area on the back of the apron first before applying it to the front, just in case it doesn't do what you want.  Good luck with your restoration.  Also, Droche's idea sounds good, too.
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I agree, Febreeze is an awesome product and I forgot to mention that in my original post, got so caught up in looking for information on how to clean lambskin.

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Thanks for all the wonderful advice everyone! Looking forward to getting going on the restoration!
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If it is has that musty smell then it has been around water or dampness.  Let it sit in the sun for a while and bake.  Turn it around and do the same for the back and lift the flap.  This will kill any mold that may be on it and help with the smell.  You can clean them, but I would recommend not to. Leave it except for the smell the way it is. Most of our in our collection are untouched and will remain that way.  You can cause damage to it if not professionally done by a restorer.
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Originally posted by CAMB.MASON CAMB.MASON wrote:

If it is has that musty smell then it has been around water or dampness.  Let it sit in the sun for a while and bake.  Turn it around and do the same for the back and lift the flap.  This will kill any mold that may be on it and help with the smell.  You can clean them, but I would recommend not to. Leave it except for the smell the way it is. Most of our in our collection are untouched and will remain that way.  You can cause damage to it if not professionally done by a restorer.
 
Thank you! This will find it's way out into the sun when it starts shining again!
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