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Workshop on Modular Cleaning Program

From: Masse Emilie <emilie.masse<-at->
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Modular Cleaning Program Workshop: Aqueous Cleaning
Institut national du patrimoine
Departement des restaurateurs
150 avenue du President Wilson
93210 Saint-Denis La Plaine
July 10-12 2013

Formation Permanente de L'institut National du Patrimoine

Speaker:  Chris Stavroudis, paintings conservator, Hollywood.

Coordinator: Laetitia Desvois, paintings conservator
Translator (English/French): Anne Baxter, paintings conservator

Goals/ Scope: By taking this course conservators will gain a solid
foundation in the theory and practice of formulating aqueous
cleaning solutions and polymer-stabilized emulsions. Participants
will receive information on cleaning through lectures and readings.
They will also learn how the Modular Cleaning Program stock
solutions and computer database assist in formulating effective
cleaning strategies.

During lab time participants will prepare the stock solutions,
become proficient with the MCP computer database and learn to use
the MCP to fine tune the cleaning of test paintings. After preparing
the stock solutions, conservators will prepare a series of aqueous
test solutions to arrive at an optimal cleaning system for a test
painting (as each painting is different). Of critical importance,
the participants will learn about clearance of non-volatile
materials and the advantages and disadvantages of using cleaning
systems that contain components that do not evaporate.

The aim of the workshop is to provide the participant with the tools
to use the Modular Cleaning Program in their own practice as soon as
they return to their own studios. After the workshop, participants
should be comfortable mixing the solutions, working through aqueous
test cleanings, and understand how various changes in materials will
affect the cleaning solution and how this relates to the chemistry
of the surface and cleaning system. Participants will leave the
course with a set of the stock solutions that will include bottles
of aqueous concentrate solutions and rinsing solutions.

Intended participants:  conservators of polychrome art pieces

Price:  795 Euro


    Emilie Masse
    +33 49 46 57 92

Day 1
Wednesday 10, 2013

    9:30 - 9:45                 Welcome and introductions

    9:45 - 10:45                Lecture:

                                    Introduction to the modular
                                    cleaning program

                                    Simplified theory of cleaning
                                    and aging of organic materials

                                    Aqueous solubility theory

    10:45 - 11:00               Break

    11:00 - 12:00               Lecture:

                                    Chemistry of strong acids and

                                    Chemistry of weak acids and


                                    Ionic strength and conductivity

                                    Chelating agents


                                    Questions and discussion

    12:00 - 13:30               Lunch

    13:30 - 14:30               Lecture:

                                    History and organization of the
                                    modular cleaning program

                                    Clearance (rinsing) of painting

                                    Questions and discussion

    14:30 - 14:45               Calibration of pH meters

                                Discussion of health and safety in
                                the lab

    14:45 - 15:00               Break

    15:00 - 17:00               Practical Session: Create groups;
                                Groups begin making MCP solutions

Day 2
Thursday 11, 2013

    9:30 - 9:45                 Questions, observations and
                                discussion from day 1

    9:45 - 10:45                Practical session: Continue making
                                MCP solutions

    10:45 - 11:00               Break

    11:00 - 12:00               Practical Session: Continue making
                                MCP solutions

    12:00 - 13:30               Lunch

        13:30 - 14:45           Lecture:

                                    Aqueous cleaning made more

                                    Measuring the pH and
                                    conductivity of the painting's

                                    Adapting the MCP

    14:45 - 15:00               Break

    15:00 - 17:00               Practical session:

                                    Calibrate Horiba pH and
                                    conductivity meters

                                    Measure pH and conductivity
                                    of sample painting

                                    Continue mixing MCP solutions

                                    Test clean sample painting with

Day 3
Friday 12, 2013

    9:30 - 9:45                 Questions, observations and
                                discussion from day 2

    9:45 - 10:45                Practical session: Continue with
                                test cleanings

        10:45 - 11:00           Break

    11:00 - 12:00               Lecture: Pemulen and polymer
                                stabilized emulsions

    12:00 - 13:30               Lunch

    13:30 - 14:45               Practical session:

                                Continue cleaning tests
                                Make Pemulen gels and emulsions;
                                more testing

    14:45 - 15:00               Break

    15:00 - 16:00               Lecture: Review previous lectures

    16:00 - 17:00               Discussion; distribute MCP
                                solutions;  clean up lab

Emilie Masse
Institut National du Patrimoine
Departement des Restaurateurs
Formation Permanente
150 avenue du President Wilson
93 210 Saint-Denis La Plaine
+33 49 46 57 04
Fax: +33 49 46 57 01

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