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Subject: Use of detergents in paper conservation

Use of detergents in paper conservation

From: Wendy Smith <smith>
Date: Thursday, May 26, 1994
    For my research project I am looking into the use of detergents in
    paper conservation.  It is known that detergents were once used for
    washing paper objects but they appear to have fallen into disuse (in
    Australia, at least). Has anyone used detergents for washing paper
    objects or for stain removal?  If so, how effective were they at
    removing dirt and deterioration products?  Is their use recommended?
    What brands and types of detergent have been used? Have any problems
    been encountered with their use?  Has any research been carried out
    with respect to the residue remaining in the paper and the possibly
    damaging effects of this (e.g. accelerated ageing tests)?  Any
    information regarding this subject would be appreciated.

    Replies please via Wendy Smith

    Alice Cannon
    University of Canberra

                  Conservation DistList Instance 7:86
                   Distributed: Sunday, May 29, 1994
                        Message Id: cdl-7-86-001
Received on Thursday, 26 May, 1994

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