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How to store old photographs?

It’s not so easy for photos to resist time. Over time, photographs start to age, tear and lose their color. Here are some useful tips for keeping your photos safe;

How to store old photographs?

Photographs printed on a paper may be subject to damage such as yellowing, fading, molding, tearing and even scratching due to external factors. Photographs printed on a photographic paper must first be stacked properly and stored in a hard material case so as not to be exposed to damage such as tearing, breaking and yellowing.

Packaged photos may be protected by stacking them horizontally in large plastic boxes or shoe boxes so that they are not affected by the material around or over them. The lids of the boxes must be closed and air holes should be opened to allow air to flow if possible. At least it should be ventilated for a few days in a dark and airy room, removed from the boxes at the beginning of every summer.

How to avoid external factors

Photographs are affected by factors such as moisture and light as well as damage such as wrinkles, refraction and wear. First of all you should decide which room in your house you should keep your photographs you want to preserve the quality of your prints, but most importantly you should choose a room outside the rooms adjacent to the bathroom or toilet because the bathroom or toilet walls can forward the moisture from one room to other. A spacious and continuously ventilated room, such as a living room, will be more suitable for storing photos. It is also important where you store the photos inside the room of your choice. Cabinets or drawers that are adjacent to the walls or other rooms adjacent to the stairwell will be suitable, as cabinets and chests leaning against the outer walls may contain moisture which may come from outside or from the glass. You should also be careful not to keep the photographs in places such as cabinet tops that water or moisture that may leak from the upper quilt. In addition to these precautions, you can place moisture and dehumidifying tablets or materials in these cupboards or drawers to protect them from moisture and dirt.

As already mentioned above moisture can cause problems that can not be returned in photographs except in the case of mildew. Photos waiting in the light usually fade, lose their color, and start to squeeze the photo paper. Protect your photos from exposure to sunlight or other light sources while storing them. Transfer your photos to digital media by scanning them so that you can print them later again.

What to do if your photos are exposed to light and moisture already?

It’s possible to restore them new with today’s technology by scanning your photographs to a computer and using photo restoration tools such as Photoshop or GIMP, however you would need some basic knowledge on how to use tools and filters, in that case you can either hire a professional or find a photo restoration service in your area.