Any succesful alternative/aggressive methods of cleaning comics?
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Hi, I've just gotten back into comic book collecting. I enjoy cleaning and pressing them and I'd like to see how much I can do to them without getting a restoration/conservation label.  I plan to eventually do some actual, purposeful restoration and conservation projects on some cheap trashed comic books, but right now I'm interested in experimenting with alternatives to dry cleaning. I know that chemical bleaching is the wrong way to do things, and if I disassemble a comic to clean it but I don't reassemble it precisely, that will get a restoration/conservation label.  

Ignoring the problem of staples and re-assembly, has anyone succesfully tried any of these techniques and not had the books labelled as conservation/restoration?

 

  1. Ultrasonic cleaning with DIY gear: Either moisten pages and put them between two stainless steel plates, or dip entire books in a chamber for different lengths of times (or both - put it between plates and dunk it).  I think this would work well to remove dirt, but if I do it for too long it could remove ink. I'm definitely going to try this.
  2. Alkaline Water: Museums use it instead of chemicals to alter the ph of water and lighten or eliminate foxing by brushing it on the foxing and/or carefully bathing entire documents. Would be rinsed off afterwards.
  3. Vacuum Tables:  These devices are used to force plain water through paper to clean it.  There are even rigs that allow conservators to flush/vacuum one page of a book at a time, but they are expensive.  I'd have to take the comics apart to use the equipment that I can afford.
  4. Alkaline water + vacuum table?
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I usually run them thru my dishwasher and press them by driving over them afterwords. Bag and board after that and ship to CGC. I've never got a grade lower than 0.5 yet. 

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I don't see you being able to do this wet kind of cleaning and get it past CGC as not restored. 

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Posted (edited)

You forgot...

 

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...cleaning with bread. That can make you a lot of dough!!!!

 

 

...I'm here all week... try the veal...

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19 minutes ago, oldrover said:

You forgot...

 

35sboo.gif

...cleaning with bread. That can make you a lot of dough!!!!

 

 

...I'm here all week... try the veal...

Wait I've never seen this.. did someone really try to use bread to clean a book? lol 

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Yes... Youtube it. Appears to be multi-grain bread. Maybe the key is the quinoa. ;)

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