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Water Damage On Art - Stains and mold

Water Damage On Art - Stains and mold

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Published by Scott M. Haskins
5 great tips on how to take care of your important paper items (certificates, diplomas, prints and framed artwork) if it gets wet and has mold
5 great tips on how to take care of your important paper items (certificates, diplomas, prints and framed artwork) if it gets wet and has mold

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Published by: Scott M. Haskins on Oct 19, 2012
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WaterDamageonArt–Satins,Mold
Discover5LittleKnownSurvivalTipsByChelseaPadgett,GuestBloggerWeallhavevaluable,ifnotirreplaceable,itemsonpaper:certificates,diplomas,loveletters,genealogy…stuffthatcan’tbeinsured.Collectorsofprintsandartonpaperhaveinvestmentanddecoratingmoneywrappedupintheiritems.Waterdamageisenemy#1.Haveanyofyourprintsorpersonaldocumentsbeenexposedtowater?Littlebrowndotsonyourpaperitemscouldtellapaststoryofmoldthathaddiedanddried.Maybethereisaleakinyourgarageandithappenstoberightoveraboxofyourfamilyhistorypapers,diplomasandweddingcertificates?Ifithas,youmaybenowwonderingwhatthoselivefuzzydotsonitare…itislivemoldthatwillgetwore,stainworsewithtimeandeatintoyourcherishedfamilytreasures,memorabilia,heirlooms.Nowyourthinkinghowintheworldcanyougetridofit???Thisisaprintthatwasinawoman’shousethatcaughtonfire,thefiremanluckilysavedherhouse,sonaturallyallofherhousecontents(lotsofart,paintingsandprints)wereexposedtowater,staining,mold,etc.Wegotinvolvedastheexpertwitnessforherinsurancecompanytohelpthemfigureoutthedamage,settleandtohelphertakecareofthedamage.
 
Thisprintfromthe1800’shadmoldgrowingalloverit.Afteritgotwet,itwaslucklysetasidesomewheresafewhereitwouldn’tbetouched,putsomewheretodryandnowitiscoveredwiththelittlebrowndotsofdeadmoldasmentionedbefore.Itattackedthematingaroundthepicture,thebackingboardbehindtheprint,andthere’salittlebitbarelyontheprintitself.So,whatdoyoudonow?Ihavegoodnews!Youcan’tdoanythingaboutthedotsnorwaterstains.You’llneedprofessionalhelpforthat.So,takethattaskoffyourTo-Dolist.ButIwilltellyouhowyoucanstabilizethestainssotheydon’tgetdarkerorspread.

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