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Agents of Deterioration
Enemies of Preservation
In the field of preservation, the term "agent of deterioration" is used to identify the different types of things that can harm or degrade an object.
Agents can be:
- both visible and ultraviolet rays can harm artifacts by fading objects and breaking down fibers.
- many artifacts are considered a great meal by bugs and rodents, or they are used as nesting material.
- dirt, dust, gaseous pollutants, and body oils all affect artifacts by breaking down the object or by attracting other dirt to the objects.
temperature and humidity
- severe fluctuations can cause warping and shrinkage as well as mold, mildew and rust.
- using proper materials and equipment to store objects can add hundreds of years to the life of an object.
security and fire protection
- utilizing proper human and electronic security and fire protection systems prevent harm or reduce harm that can come to an object
Flat Object Cabinet
Rolled Textile Storage
Water Damage from Fire
Moving Storage Racks
for Books and Paper
Moving Water Damaged Objects
Pollution and Dirt Stains Building
Cleaning the Building
Rusted Pail - Too Much Moisture
Funding for Preservation
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Last Updated: June 4, 1997