Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 14, pp 5452–5457 | Cite as

Surface chemical investigation into the cleaning procedures of historic tapestry materials. Part 2

  • David Howell
  • Rob Mitchell
  • Christopher M. CarrEmail author


Cleaning of invaluable historical artefacts is a major issue for conservators. It is not only what is removed during cleaning, but also what residues are left after cleaning, that is of concern for long-term preservation. In this study, the typical cleaning procedures for silk-based tapestry materials were examined by Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and the nature/influence of the fibre surface on detergent residue adsorption established.


Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate Fibre Surface Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate Silk Fibre Silk Fabric 



The authors wish to thank Prof J. Shao at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, China, for her helpful advice in the degumming processing for silk.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Howell
    • 1
  • Rob Mitchell
    • 2
  • Christopher M. Carr
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.The New Bodleian LibraryOxford UniversityOxfordUK
  2. 2.CSMA LtdStoke on TrentUK
  3. 3.Textiles & PaperUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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