Cracked lacquer

Developing and evaluating cleaning techniques

Example project

Cleaning of artefacts

Cleaning aims to remove soil and contaminants from the surface of an object. The cleaning process chosen should not causes damage to the object nor alter its artistic integrity. Imperial College is investigating new cleaning processes, and evaluating the effects that cleaning has on surfaces both immediately and after further ageing has occurred. Examples include solvent cleaning of oriental lacquer (including aqueous cleaning of water-sensitive surfaces), and laser or solvent cleaning of plastics. 

Further reading

Scientific literature

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