Heritage Conservation Centre

Damage from Pollution


The effects of indoor pollution are intensified if artefacts are kept within an enclosed environment for long period.

You should:

  • Pack your collectibles safely away during house renovations as they are most sensitive to indoor pollutants.
  • Dust the artefacts on display regularly with a soft brush and vacuum surrounding areas.
  • Keep stone artefacts such as those made from marble and limestone indoors to avoid exposure to acidic gaseous pollution and general weathering.
  • Put silver artefacts in anti-tarnish bags for storage.
  • Store textiles, paper and photographs in archival quality boxes or envelopes.
  • Have good quality mounting and framing for your treasured paintings and paper.