Useful materials and products

Materials that are safe to use in direct contact with all plastics are:

  • Acid free paper for wrapping.
  • Acrylic (polymethyl methacrylate) is an acceptable material to use for display stands.
  • Charcoal cloth for wrapping objects that have the potential to off-gas acidic fumes, e.g. cellulose acetate and cellulose nitrate objects.
  • Microfibre, a blend of polyester and polyamide, useful as cloth for cleaning.
  • Tyvek, a form of polythene, useful for protecting objects from dust.
  • Plastazote, a form of polythene foam, useful for securing objects within storage spaces.
  • Melinex, a form of polyethylene terephthalate, an inert material to lay over degraded objects to protect them from dust and to put between them to discourage cross contamination. Also good as a buffer on painted surfaces.
  • Polyester wadding useful for providing padding for example on hangers for costumes.
  • Polypropylene, appropriate for trays to hold objects.
  • Silicone release paper, useful for objects with potentially tacky surfaces.


Products that help maintain a good environment are:

  • Ageless oxygen scavengers for an oxygen free environment. This is suitable for preventing the crumbling of polyurethane foams.
  • Silica gel, as a buffering agent moderating the effects of change in relative humidity.
  • Scavengers such as charcoal cloth and molecular sieves to remove polluting vapours.


Products that help detect trouble are:

  • Indicator strips and chemical - impregnated string which change colour in the presence of acidic gasses.

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