Protecting Photographs from External Elements
Environmental factors that can cause photos to deteriorate include hot and cold temperatures, humidity, dry air, sunlight, dirt, dust and oils from your hands.
The following can help keep your pictures lasting for years:
• Handle your pictures carefully by holding them along the edges.
• Place them in a photo album that is lignin-free, acid-free and PVC-free. It is best to avoid sticky adhesive pages.
• Store your photo album in a room with a consistent temperature of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity between 30 to 40 percent. Avoid storing your pictures in locations such as basements and attics. If humidity levels are high and you are unable to control it, it is best to not use plastic enclosures because the photos can stick to the plastic.
• When displaying framed photographs, keep them out of direct sunlight.