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Prevent and Remove Mold From Old Leather Belongings – 7 Useful Tips from a Preservation Expert

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

By Natalie Miller, Guest Blogger

Mold can be found everywhere. Those microscopic furry organisms come in different forms and colours, and they can and do colonize anything – including your home, the contents and tragically, your treasured heirlooms. Mold can cause serious damage and it is particularly dangerous to old leather book bindings and other leather heirlooms. Here are 7 useful tips on preventing and cleaning mold from your old leather belongings… An important 1st Tip!: old leather is much weaker and more sensitive and you cannot clean it the same way or with the same products as new leather!

Leave stains along for now

Get good air circulation to dry out mold


Flooding of Mississippi River Causes Water Damage! Simple Steps to Prevent Damage.

Friday, May 13th, 2011



Water damage on art on paper can cause stains and damage! Discoloring and ripples may show up due to mold!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011


The stains seen on this engraving are from mold that grew on the paper after it got went during Hurricane Katrina. Although the mold is dry and dead the stains from infestation are very disfiguring and will darken with time. The darker the mold stains that develop are the harder they are to remove.


Woman’s World “Your Perfectly Organized Life” Dec 2010 Wet Photos, How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster

Friday, November 19th, 2010
Woman's World, "Your Perfectly Organized Life" Dec. 2010 Wet photos, How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster, Scott Haskins

Woman's World, "Your Perfectly Organized Life" Dec. 2010 Wet photos, How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster, Scott Haskins

Water Damage on a Lithograph of a Woman by Henri Matisse

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Painting By Henri Matisse

Litho By Henri Matisse

This work on art on paper came into the lab because it had a water stain on the lower right hand corner, which makes this valuable print look awful… and takes away from the value.


Scrapbook, photo album, memories, family history

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010


What do you have that really has meaning and shows the quality of your business or great moments in personal or family life? Last weekend, my nephew got married to a really great girl. We are thrilled to have her in our family. Their story of how they met, how they romanced each other and how the proposal went was sooo cute and it was all illustrated in a scrapbook next to the sign in book at the reception. Everyone got a kick out of looking through it. What a priceless piece of family history that was JUST created! I would be heart sick to know that because of moving 13 times like newlyweds do or because of some other casual forgetfulness that this scrapbook of memories was to be lost… and these aren’t even MY kids. My sister gets the message though. I wrote her with this suggestion.


Flooding and Water Damage on the Lower Mississippi: Saving Art and Memorabilia: 8 Tips

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

fema-flood-insurance-photo-low-resFlood waters are rising and water damage is eminent as you read this on March 11, 2010. The Mississippi is flooding a wide flood plain along most of the length but concentrated from Cedar Rapids to St. Louis according to the U.S. Department of the Interior/ U.S. Geological Survey


Water damage – mold – historic preservation – murals – artwork

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

I was asked to consult on a renovation project of a historical building. The reason I was brought in was because there were difficult problems with murals. While this may seem not so relative to your situation… read on.

First of all, here’s what happened (that could happen to your home or office): The roof leaked and water infiltrated into the structure, into the walls. The roof leak wasn’t dealt with quick enough or completely enough cause someone was trying to save money and not be inconvenienced.


Mold damage and storage of family history.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


Family history, certificates, videos, photos… What’s MOST important to you?!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010