Q:What causes artwork to degrade?
A:Natural and man-made pollutants and acidic gases in our everyday environment, as well as by-products of the artwork’s natural aging.
Q:How does Artcare work?
A:Microscopic molecular traps built into each Artcare product capture and chemically lock up molecules of pollutants and gases, preventing them from reaching and damaging the artwork.
Q:Doesn’t 100% rag offer time proven protection?
A:Properly manufactured rag paper, like all alpha-cellulose papers, provides high levels of permanence, so it doesn’t harm artwork. However, they do not actively protect artwork against pollutants and gases. Alpharag Artcare , however, offers 100% protection.
Q:Don’t buffers neutralize air pollution?
A:No, buffers don’t react with pollutant gases.
Q:If acids are trapped in the matboard, aren’t they being held right against the artwork?
A:No, the Artcare molecular traps are “hollow” structures that hold acid gases inside their pores, keeping them away from the artwork.
Q:How do I explain Artcare to my customers?
A:Simply tell your customers you are giving them the highest level of archival protection available today, proven by the Library of Congress and the Getty Conservation Institute.