Restoring Water-Damaged Photos, Books and Papers

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During a flooding event, your documents and books are in great danger. These personal artifacts may hold value beyond measure and we understand the importance of preserving their sentimental weight reduction.

It’s very important to start salvaging your water-damaged photos, publications, and files in just two days, or else they will begin to become deteriorate and moldy. Both the water and the ensuing humidity in the air can cause irreversible corrosion. The good thing is that there is a way how to save water damaged photos, newspapers, and books, but only if you act quickly and operate with care. 

Saving Water-Damaged Photos

  • Save pictures in frames when they’re nonetheless saturated, otherwise, you might hurt the photos when seeking to remove them. To safely separate a wet photo from a photo frame, gently rinse both photo and framework together with plain water, and carefully remove the photo.
  • For rescuing old photos, consult with a professional conservator first. These historic photographs are somewhat more sensitive to damage and restoration.
  • When you’re ready, remove the photos from the water or mud being careful not to touch the very front of these photos.
  • Set the photo’s image side up onto a rigid surface like a plank.
  • If photos have dirt on them, rinse them gently using clean water in a bucket or sink.
  • After cleansing the photos, lay them on blotting paper, like a paper towel. Don’t use newspapers to prevent ink from smudging the photos. Don’t take them out as sunlight and wind may cause photos to curl more quickly.
  • Let photos air-dry, but alter the paper towels each a couple of hours.
  • If drying the photos is not your priority, then you can buy some time by freezing them. Just make sure to first rinse them of grime and stack them between sheets of wax paper. This will make them easier to distinguish when treated.

Saving Water-Damaged Books and Documents

  • Remove your files from the water with care. If the papers are dirty, gently rinse them and put them on a flat surface on top of the blotted paper. Use paper towels with no prints and steer clear of paper.
  • Do not dry them out where the sun and wind can curl the products. Let them air-dry indoors and run an oscillating fan in the area to improve airflow and accelerate drying.
  • For waterlogged novels, set one absorbent paper between every 20 to 50 wet webpages and put the novels flat to dry. Change the blotting paper every few hours.
  • If you can put the books in a vertical posture, try to fan the pages out and let to air-dry. Speed up the drying process by means of a fan.
  • To postpone the drying of paper documents or books, seal them in plastic zipper bags and stick them in the freezer. This helps conserve them and stops mold from growing until they are all set to be restored.
  • If papers and novels smell musty after drying, place them in an open box and then place that within a closed container using baking soda to absorb odors. Do not let baking soda signature the books.

Even though you may have the ability to follow each of these steps yourself, employing a document and photo recovery professional is usually a safer choice. PuroClean’s trained technicians have the equipment and experience to purge sensitive files and bring them safely back to life. If your house suffers from water damage, or you’re looking for mold remediation call the professionals in the regional PuroClean, you can also visit their website here.