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Re: [BKARTS] (OT, a Little?) flattening wet paper

I would caution the suggestion of using a "kitchen detergent" for treating paper. There are possibly many other chemicals in consumer detergents that could cause damage. We should only be using products where we have some basic information about the makeup.
It should also be noted that "denatured alcohol" has a small portion of undesirable chemicals (the "denatured" poison portion) that could be harmful to paper, whereas pure alcohol may not.
Bill Minter

On Jun 20, 2009 wrote:

....... Surfactants are important when washing paper, both old papers and modern
papers. Surface tension will often prevent water from entering the surface
of the paper, making the washing procedure useless on that part of the
paper. Denatured alcohol is one type of surfactant which can be used, but
it can be risky if the paper is printed or typed. A less volatile and risky
surfactant is your regular extra-strong kitchen detergent. Remember Surf, the washing machine detergent? It's name was taken from the chemical name "surfactant", describing the very action of what washing is
all about, breaking down the surface tension, to allow the action of the
water to push the dirt out!............


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