Archive, paper and document recovery

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In case of documents, books or paper material affected by damages caused by humidity, water, fire, collapses or pathogens, Prodoc carries out drying, restoration and recovery interventions.

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What can we do for you

We intervene to recover and restore paper and digital archives, libraries and all paper and parchment material with state-of-the-art systems and processes.

Freeze drying

A system that reduces the drying time of paper by 75%


Our solutions to stop microbial attacks and molds


Our systems protect you from damage by insects and rodents.


A mandatory operation prior to all restoration interventions.


We use certified containers for the conservation of paper material


Microbiological analysis to identify the agents responsible for the attacks

When we do intervene

Prodoc has an emergency team for rescue and restoration of archives, documents, books, paper material and other cultural assets following catastrophic events of any entity, both anthropogenic and natural.

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Our team of professionals and paper restoration specialists are ready to support you for any eventuality.

Wet documents or books?

The first 48 hours are crucial

Here’s what happens to paper material when it comes in contact with water. Timely intervention is essential to stop weed processes and chemical and mechanical damage.

Weight and volume gain

The materials that make up the books and archival documents are hygroscopic and thermolabile: when attacked by water they increase in weight and volume. Ancient books up to 80%, modern books up to 60%.

Differentiated reactions

The various types of material react differently to water and humidity in general: the leather of the covers shrinks and darkens while the papers usually increase in volume.

Chemical and biological damage

As a result of the action of water, the damage is of a chemical type, therefore washing away of inks and stamps, and compacting of the papers, especially the coated ones. Biological damage is linked to the attack of materials by microorganisms.

Mechanical damage

To the chemical and biological damages it is necessary to add the possible mechanical damages deriving from the falling of the volumes from the boxes.

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How is parchment made?

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The characteristics of paper

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Emergency in archives: biological degradation agents

Emergency in archives: biological degradation agents

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