Services Offered for Bound Volumes:
• Surface-cleaning – surface cleaning is performed to remove loose dirt and debris from the book cover and pages.
• Washing – Many times, a volume will benefit greatly from being disbound, and the pages washed to remove soluble acidic degradation products. This process can help reduce staining and acidity.
• Paper tears – chips, tears and losses to the pages can be mended with various kinds of archival tissues.
• Mold remediation – exposure to damp or wet environments can cause mold growth in books. Mold mitigation & reduction services are offered to inactivate mold spores and reduce mold growth.
• Deacidification – aqueous and non-aqueous treatments are available to reduce acidity. An acid pH causes yellowing, embrittlement and crumbling of the paper. Maintaining an optimal pH helps ensure the longevity of your book.
• Restoration – Original covers can many times be restored, with a structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing result.
• Rebinding – Volumes can be rebound in a sympathetic manner matching the original covers, should the original cover be beyond repair.
Services Offered for Unbound Paper Artifacts
(ie hand written or manuscript documents, architectural plans, maps, historic wallpaper, newspapers, posters, prints, drawings and other printed but unbound materials)
• Tape and adhesive removal – Many paper artifacts have been repaired with non-archival tapes. These tapes become embrittled and yellow over time, staining the artifact and causing more damage in due course. Removal of the tape and replacement of the repair with a Japanese tissue mend will help increase your artifact’s longevity.
• Stain reduction – staining occurs as paper and media age. Exposure to environmental pollutants, oxidation and impurities inherent in the media or paper can all contribute to this process. Stain reduction is an option in most cases.
• Mold remediation- exposure to damp or wet environments can cause mold growth on paper artifacts. Mold mitigation & reduction services are offered to inactivate mold spores and reduce mold growth.
• Surface cleaning- Surface cleaning is performed to remove dirt and debris from the paper and media.
• Repair of breaks and tears – Torn and broken paper is repaired in a variety of ways, including Japanese tissue repairs.
• Flattening – Over time, paper artifacts can begin to develop planar distortion, including waves, cockling and curling. These distortions typically occur due to the inherent grain and quality of the paper, as well as fluctuating relative humidity. Flattening treatments are available to help minimize distortions and restore the paper to its previously flat state.
• Alkalization/deacidification – Deacidification treatment will reduce acidity. An acid pH accelerates embrittlement and yellowing of paper. Maintaining an optimal pH helps ensure the longevity of your paper artifact.
• Consolidation of flaking or cracked media- A variety of techniques can be utilized to strengthen media that is flaking or cracking away from the paper surface.
• Lining-Documents, maps, manuscripts and posters can be lined if necessary to strengthen the paper, or replace old linings that are damaging the artifact.