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Remember This: DDCC

Today I want to spend a minute talking about artifact preservation in general.

Basic-level artifact preservation can be summed up into four letters: DDCC

What’s DDCC, you ask? Well, I made it up.

DDCC stands for: Dark, Dry, Cool, & Constant.

When you’re getting ready to store–or display–your items (whether they’re heirlooms, museum artifacts or anything you care about), remember to keep them in a dark, dry and cool location. In addition, make sure that the environment doesn’t fluctuate due to weather or other reasons.

50+ year old window curtains with extensive sun damage

Light, water, heat, humidity, cold and air quality can all affect the condition of an item fairly quickly. Luckily, by remembering DDCC, you’ll be able to feel confident that you’re taking the first steps toward properly preserving your pieces for years to come.

 

One thought on “Remember This: DDCC

  1. Not just artifacts. Try making reproduction clothing and putting them on people that probably spend at least 50% of their time in the sun if not more. Our modern fabrics get sun rot pretty bad. When you have one or two sets of clothes and wear them 5 days a week for the 26 weeks we’re open, plus washing, lifetime of your clothing is about 2 years.

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