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Aqueous Cleaning Methods

When dusting and dry cleaning methods do not remove dirt and grime from varnished or unvarnished paint surfaces, than an aqueous cleaning method may be used as an alternative. Aqueous cleaning methods are more invasive than dusting and dry cleaning, so caution should be exercised when using these methods. Studies show that oil paint films are sensitive to water especially where the paint has been used to create a great range of surface effects (Tempest 2010). Aqueous foams and gels are currently used in conservation practice as an alternative to simply using water on paint surfaces (Heckenb├╝cker 2010; Wolbers 2000; Stulik 2004).
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