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Saving flood affected photographs

 

What you will need:

 

Warm water

Two containers to hold around 4ltrs of water 

Dish washing liquid

Lint free cloth or a squeegee

A hair dryer

 


Process:

True photographic paper is made to be emerged in water, during the photographic photographic process we run the paper through chemicals and then stabilise the photographs, this is all done in a water based process.

 

  1. Get the photographs or saturated albums into warm water, this will remove any sediment and dirt, allow them to soak until the freely come apart this could take a few hours, take your time the water will not harm the photographs.

  2. After they separate remove any dirt by wiping or washing under a tap then place them in a second bath of warm water this time add two or three drops of washing liquid to each litre of water - this will work as a wetting agent which will allow the print to dry without spotting.

  3. Remove the photographs from the bath, please remember wet photographic emulsion is delicate and can scratch easily.

  4. Squeegee the prints or remove excess water with a moist lint free cloth. You can now dry your photographs with a hair dryer.

 

PLEASE PASS THIS ON - TELL OTHERS ABOUT THIS METHOD SO THEY DON'T NEEDLESSLY DISCARD THEIR TREASURED MEMORIES

If you wand a truly professional finish we can provide you professional grade stabilizer which you can use instead of dish washing liquid.

Disclaimer

This technique will not work for ink jet prints or other printing methods. It is only recommended for true photographic process prints.

We print on Kodak professional paper which can make it through floods and has a archival life of 200 years.

 

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