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Five tips to preserve old photos

Five tips to preserve old photos|

Old photographs make you feel nostalgic, and you are never tired of watching them. so, keeping them intact is very important and a troublesome task. 

These few tips would help you preserving your beautiful memories.

Protect them from light 

Photographs thrive in dark spaces. Overexposure to light will eventually cause photos to fade. Keep this in mind when framing treasured original prints. A safer option is to display a high-quality copy.

Don’t store them in the basement or attic 

The ideal environment for photographs is a relatively dry, cool, and temperature-stable space. Your basement is likely too damp, which could cause your photos to stick together or become moldy. Avoid a hot attic, as heat can speed up the degradation of paper and ink. Choose a space that is room temperature or below, and a safe distance from radiators and vents, such as in a spare closet.

Don’t use these items 

Paper clips, rubber bands, tape, glue, adhesive, ballpoint pens, and non-archival quality papers (which might contain harmful acids) can all damage photos. Using certain fasteners might seem like a temporary solution. If you forget to remove them, those photos could be bent and marked-up forever.

Set up a safe workspace 

When organizing your collection, keep food and drinks far away. If you plan on doing a lot of handling at once, invest in a pair of 100 percent cotton gloves. These will keep your photos safe from the natural oils on your hands. If you don’t have gloves, handle your photos only by their edges.

Invest in proper enclosures 

The two safest types of enclosures are photo albums (paper and plastic) and photo boxes. All paper enclosures should be acid-free and lignin-free. If your storage space is humid, choose a paper enclosure as photos might stick to a plastic album.

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