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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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