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Table 9: Acceptability of fabrics
ACCEPTABLE
L
ESS STABLE
U
NSUITABLE
Undyed, unbleached cotton or linen
fabrics (after washing)
Silk (always test first)
Wool
Some polyesters (always test first)
Fabrics containing sulfur-based dyes
Hollytex® or Reemay® spunbonded
polyester
Fabrics finished with formaldehyde
Table 10: Acceptability of paper products
Acceptable
Less Stable
Unsuitable
Buffered papers ­ avoid use
Acid-free (neutral pH) paper products
with photographic materials
Glassine
or naturally acidic materials
Neutral pH tissue paper
Common tissue paper
Microchamber paper products
Kraft paper
Table 11: Acceptability of other materials
Acceptable
Less Stable
Unsuitable
Aluminum laminate vapor-barrier
Fire retardants (if not direct
sheeting (e.g. Marvelseal®)
contact); are non-volatile but
Pesticides, fungicides
toxic
Pacific Silvercloth® (for sulfur
Fire retardants (direct contact); can
scavenging)
be corrosive
Corrosion Intercept® (for pol utant
scavenging)
CONCLUSION
Although the scale may be vastly different,
apparent, as in the color alteration of the blue
paleontological collections, natural history and
flints in Verona, it may also accelerate aging
fine art collections remain remarkably similar in
processes, resulting in increased embrittlement
their sensitivity to environmental agents of
or more subtle color changes. A thorough
deterioration. Particularly when housed in
understanding
of
the
composition
of
enclosed environments, these substances can
construction and storage materials will allow
accumulate at high levels. While some damage
safe choices to be made in their selection,
to collections caused by pollutants emanating
minimizing damage to collections.
from display or storage materials may be quite
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