Emergency Salvage Response App from Heritage Preservation

6 06 2015
Wondering what to do when your treasures get wet? Here’s a handy Emergency Response and Salvage app from Heritage Preservation: http://www.heritagepreservation.org/wheel/

Scrolling down from the screen shown below, you can select from a list of object types, including books and paper, framed art, photographs, textiles, stone, metal, furniture, and so on. Here is what you are shown if you select books and paper:

“Books
If rinsing is necessary, hold book closed.
Partially wet or damp:
Stand on top or bottom edge with covers opened to 90-degree angle.
Air dry.
Very wet:
Lay flat on clean surface.
Interleave less than 20% of book with absorbent material.
Replace interleaving when damp.
If too many books to air dry in 48 hours:
Wrap in freezer or waxed paper.
Pack spine down in sturdy containers.
Freeze.
Paper
Air dry flat as individual sheets or small piles up to 1/4″. Interleave; replace interleaving when damp.
Do not unfold or separate individual wet sheets.
If too many items for air drying
Interleave (by groups or individually) with freezer or waxed paper.
Pack papers or files supported and standing up in sturdy containers; pack containers only 90% full.
Freeze.”

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