Posted by Anders Rikardson on February 21, 2003 at 03:19:33:
In Reply to: Re: Fungi, mildew, mould and sterilization posted by Andreas Grund on February 20, 2003 at 09:27:39:
The best thing you can do is to keep your prints in a dry micro climate.
Use silica gel available from fex Talas, New York City. Follow general instructions for the silica gel. Put silica together with the prints (in inert folders or mounts) in zip lock bags. At lower then 50% humidity you will arrest and stop all further outbreaks of fungi. In a very humid climate as my own here in Japan a further treatment with fungicide (fex thymol) of the general are where the prints are kept could be considered. Also remeber fungicides are very dangerous to your health and instruction-warnings should be studied carefully.
Don't try to sterilise your prints by yourself. You will harm them.
As always minimum intrusion of the integrity of the artwork is the advisable policy.
We are now seeing the disastrous results of amateurs advising other amateurs on restoration and conservation treatments. Now when ebay has fostered an entire generation of DIY dealers trying to turn sows ears into silk purses.
Somehow Japanese prints seems to have been spared the most grotesque restoration efforts, although we daily see prints entered which have been ruined by amateur restoration.
Best regards and good luck
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