You spend time planning for your wedding, got a photographer to capture the moments of the day, and now you have a gorgeous wedding photo album in your hands. Remember that is a treasure as it contains your beautiful collection of memories from the most special day and moments of your life. The significance your wedding album has cannot be valued in monetary terms and it is something you are to keep for the rest of your life.
Handling and storing your wedding album is one of the greatest tasks ahead of you because every member of your family, your relatives, and friends would want to have a look at it and this can take a toll on the album. If you are concerned about how you can take good care of your album, read along for some tips.
Temperature and Humidity
Exposing the wedding album to extreme changes in humidity or temperature can easily damage it. The binding, cover, the pages and most importantly the images are vulnerable to humidity. Hot temperatures tend to cause the paper to dry out, become brown, and brittle.
High humidity can also easily cause mold to grow both on the album and in between the pages. Expansion and contraction of the pages caused by extreme temperature changes can warp the images and distort them. The ideal storage conditions if you want to keep your photography by focus wedding album in one piece are anything between 55 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit as well as humidity levels ranging from 5 to 60 degrees.
Storing your photo album in direct sunlight can expose the images and paper to heat as well as the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. Heat as mentioned above, damages the pages while the light corrupts the quality of your images causing them to fade. Direct sunlight also damages the binding and cover irrespective of the material in which it is made.
The solution to this therefore is to store your album in a shaded area away from direct sunlight. When not being looked at, it should be carefully tacked away preferably in a drawer somewhere.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Your wedding album will accumulate dust and dirt with time just as any other stored item. In order to keep the images looking as crisp and as pristine as they did on the first day, cleaning and maintaining your album is inevitable.
Dust your album with a soft dry cloth and whenever necessary, remove any dirt stuck on the surface of the album in a gentle manner with a damp cloth. Be careful not to rub near imprinting so as to ensure you don’t damage the imprinting or engraving.
Storage and Usage
Come to think of it, wedding photo albums outlive us. Long after we are gone and forgotten, our friends, children and grandchildren continue cherishing and sharing our memories with those in their circles.
To ensure proper usage, take care of your fingernails when turning over the pages to avoid damages that are commonly inflicted at the edges. The ideal storage position for your album is to put it flat inside a protective cover or casing. Taking these precautions will guarantee a long lasting photo album that will be passed down from one generation to the next.