Cleaning a specimen – by Jamie Matley

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There are times when it isn’t necessary for a specimen to be re-mounted. Sometimes all the specimen sheet needs is a good cleaning.


Below you will see the process of cleaning a specimen sheet.



As you can see in the above images, the sheet is dirty around the edges – this is due to the soot from the industrial revolution, the sheets wouldn’t have been boxed, they would have been left out on shelf’s or benches, in piles.





To remove the soot from the specimen sheets, we have to use a chemical dry cleaning sponge (pictures above) – these sponges are specifically made for cleaning soot and smoke damaged goods.





As you can see in the selection of picture above, the sponge works great; it makes a real difference with the appearance of specimens.

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