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Subject: Freezing wet textiles

Freezing wet textiles

From: Simon Moore <simon.moore<-a>
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Karin von Lerber <karin.vonlerber [at] prevart__ch> writes

>I am well aware of  the publications dealing with freezing as a pest
>control method and its effects on (dry) textiles. What I am looking
>for, however, is information on the effect of freezing (not only
>freeze-drying) on textile fibres when textiles are completely
>soaked. I am also aware that freezing is done rather frequently when
>block salvaging textiles and is recommended on many internet based
>recovery-information sites. But I am not aware of any scientific
>research demonstrating what is actually going on during the freezing
>process. ...

Have you ever considered vacuum drying saturated textiles?  I know
that this has been successfully carried out on water-saturated books
using a vacuum packing machine adapted for the purpose.  I don't
have any specific names of those involved but the project was
undertaken by the Municipal Library in Prague following the 2002

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Hampshire County Council
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Winchester SO23 8RD
+44 1962 826737

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Received on Wednesday, 2 November, 2005

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