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How to clean and restore damaged photos

Recommendations for cleaning and restoring damaged photos and albums

If your photos have been damaged by water or mud, Fujifilm has recommendations for treating and cleaning them.

Please note that depending on the condition and extent of damage to the photo, the image surface may peel away and be unable to be cleaned — especially if the prints have been wet for a long period of time. Please first try working with a corner of the print to see how it comes out.

Once cleaned and the image has dried, you may want to take the photo print or negative and create duplicates that can be stored in good condition.

The cleaning method varies, depending on the type of photo print.

Silver Halide Photos

Prints that have been developed using light sensitive chemicals on photo paper.

Cleaning water-damaged photos

For photo prints damaged due to immersion in water, mud, sand

Cleaning photos stuck together

For photo prints that have been immersed in water, dirt, sand and stuck together, or album pages which are stuck together and cannot be opened

Cleaning water-damaged photos in albums

For entire albums of photo prints damaged due to immersion in water, mud, sand

Cleaning water-damaged negatives

For colour negative film damaged due to immersion in water, mud, sand

Other types of photo prints

Dye Sublimation Photos

Prints created using heat, such as those from self-service kiosks and marked with “FUJIFILM Quality Thermal Photo Paper” on the back.

Dye-Type Inkjet Photos

Prints using dye that penetrates into the paper surface and preserve the surface characteristics of the paper.

Pigment-Type Inkjet Photos

Prints using tiny particles of colorant that rest on the surface of the paper.