But, along with preventing acid indigestion in our own bodies, did you know that books and clothes need to be protected as well?
When Classic Cleaners professionals are preserving an heirloom or a wedding gown, for instance, they use layers of acid-free paper to stuff the garment, and then pack the item it into a box made of acid-free material.
(The definition of acid-free paper is paper with a neutral PH of around 7.)
Up until the middle 1800’s, paper was made from various plants, including mulberry and flax. Then it was discovered that paper could be made more cheaply from wood pulp. It took chemicals to break the wood down into pulp, however, and that process left a residue of acid. The problem was that the acid would turn the pulp yellow and cause it to deteriorate over time. In fact, many valuable books in libraries became illegible over time, all due to the effects of acid in the paper on which they had been printed!
Today, much of the commercially produced paper is acid free because, during the processing of the wood, “buffers” are added to neutralize the acid in the pulp (kind of like putting “Tums” or Milk of Magnesia in the mix).
Layered with acid free material and loaded into the acid free archival quality preservation box, your gown or heirloom can “breathe”. Good thing, too, because at Classic Cleaners, we work hard to preserve our reputation as the best wedding gown preservation service from Indianapolis to Noblesville and everywhere in between.
Acid indigestion for clothes? No way! After all, as a Classic Cleaners customer, you’ve got a “buffer” in the dry cleaning business!
by Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team