Preserve your Photos

By: Medichuman

Photographs preserve some of our best memories, usually taken during the happy moments of our lives. We can relieve the good times just buy flipping through them. Unfortunately, we can also destroy them by not looking after them properly.

Did you know that most photo albums are actually harmful to you pictures? Sure, they keep them organized and handy, but as the years fade away, so will the pictures; until you're left with sad remnants of what were once beautiful memories.

The reason? Paper and plastic used in most albums and scrapbooks contain harmful ingredients that will damage the photos.

Paper contains acid that will yellow or otherwise discolour the sensitive pictures.

By simply putting your pictures into an album, you can cause them to colour strangely. To prevent this, you should look for albums that have 6.0 or higher acidity.

The 6.0 level reflects neutral acidity and will not contribute to the problems faced by your photographs. But acid comes from other places as well. The ink in pens can also destroy your photos. So, when you decide to write on the back of one, make sure the pen is acid-free.

Often items are labelled acid-free, but may still contain some harmful acids, even if just a trace. This will take its toll on your pictures. Postcards and other people items that you may want to include in the album contain acid. To keep the photos safe, it's best not to include these mementos; just enclose them in a safe plastic sleeve.

This brings us to the plastic side of things. You will find that pictures left in plastic albums will discolour as well. Why? The plastic actually gives off a gas that erodes the photo. Your best bet would be to find an acid-free paper album.

Paper containing lignin (and all paper does unless it's removed), will eventually turn yellow and spoil the look of your scrapbook. It's terrible price to pay, but easily remedied by seeking out lignin-free scrapbooks and albums.

If you aren't sure about an album, it's always better to leave the photos in their original packaging in a cardboard box until you find a safe scrapbook. Otherwise you may find your memories fading away and turning odd hues.

Don't underestimate the need to document the information about the pictures either.

Whether you scribble a note on the back or write it in the album, make sure the story that goes with the pictures isn't lost when you start losing your memory or after you die.

Your legacy can live through your photos if they are properly cared for.



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