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Tuesday, May 17 • 12:30pm - 1:00pm
(Book and Paper) TEK-Wiping out the competition: The ideal reusable absorbent material

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Stemming from the technological and custodial industries, ‘TEK-wipe’ is a highly absorbent non-woven textile made from a blend of hydro-spun cellulose and polyester. Previously discussed at the AIC Book and Paper Group Tip session in 2014, the popularity of TEK-wipe, and its uses, has since been significantly heightened in conservation. This progressive material is durable, reusable, extremely strong when wet, chemically stable, and can be easily paired with a large range of conservation treatments. TEK-wipe can be used for washing or drying in place of blotters, as an intermediary layer on the suction table, or for the humidification of sensitive media. Alternatively, it can also be used as a support for lining, drying wet books, cleaning glass plate negatives, for local tideline reduction, and even for varnish removal. As a sustainable alternative to blotters and other absorbent materials, TEK-wipe is available in large rolls or small sheets that can be easily cut and formatted for any treatment size. This work examines the use and treatment variations that can be paired with TEK-wipe. Case studies of treatment adaptations, as well as methods of re-using this multi-faceted material to preserve its inherent strengths will be presented. With conservation’s expanding focus on reusability and durability over the long-term, TEK-wipe is indeed proving to be a material to contend with.

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Kaslyne O'Connor

Paper Conservator
Kaslyne O’Connor is paper conservator in private practice. She was previously the Assistant Conservator at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, where she focused on the treatment and rehousing of damaged archival maps, prints, and records. She came to Edmonton directly from Chicago... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm EDT
Room 520