I replied at length privately, but water is BAD for emulsions unless
you're ready to go through a complete re-soak. Unless the re-soak ends
in a bleach bath, it's probably not going to help, and could make
matters worse. There are some very good sites that discuss photo
material conservation/restoration and the appropriate materials and
the USA library of congress web site also has some good references. I
actually quoted a higher RH to him for storage. It seems 30-40%RH is
now considered best. Last I heard it was 60% max
PEC-12 is best to use if you need a cleaner.
On Sat, 2004-03-20 at 19:22, Carol Spears wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 20, 2004 at 08:33:09PM -0500, Gary Montalbine wrote:
> > I have some 40 year old 35mm slides and negatives that have mildew
> > on them. What is the best way to clean them? I hope this is not OT.
> most of what i know about slides i learned 30 years ago -- i suggest
> water and a soft lint free cloth.
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