Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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sodium chlorate

A white. crystalline salt (NaClO 3 ), formed either by the action of chlorine on hot aqueous caustic soda, or by the electrolysis of sodium chloride in solution. It is used in bleaching paper pulps and also to remove stains from archival papers. Its chlorine content, which is extremely difficult to remove. makes it detrimental to the permanence of paper. Its bleaching action stems from its strong oxidizing potential. It also supports combustion.

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