Much of our nation’s most important history is documented on what many would assume is the most fragile medium: paper. In this episode of the MarketScale Building Management podcast, host Tyler Kern spoke to experts in document recovery solutions to understand the process and technology of document recovery. Here to explain how valuable documents can be preserved and restored from a variety of kinds of damage is Summer Street, Director of Marketing at Massachusetts-based Polygon.
Restoring climate-damaged documents can be challenging as water, humidity, heat, and insects all pose potential dangers for paper materials. “But water is the most pervasive,” Street said.
Since 1955, Polygon has been a pioneer in drying technology and engineered temporary climate solutions. As such, Polygon uses state-of-the-art vacuum freeze drying chambers that use negative pressure to create the most effective drying solution for specific materials and projects.
But contrary to what many think, paper isn’t as fragile or incapable of restoration as you’d think.
“You’d be shocked that traditional paper is incredibly hardy,” Street said. “It’s milled in a particular way that can stand up to just about anything. In the vast majority of cases — for example, a book that is completely saturated — as long as it doesn’t block together, the vacuum freeze dry process can draw out the moisture.”
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