A damage assessment will help you determine what is most important:
If the damaged area is greater than 10 sq. ft., using a commercial company specializing in disaster recovery is advisable. A salvage vendor can perform a wide range of services for you, but may not be well-versed on what is best for your artwork. Certain salvage methods, such as ozone treatments for odors, can adversely affect cellulosic materials and should be avoided. It’s important to have a clear idea of what you want a salvage vendor to do — and not do.
A conservator can help establish salvage and treatment procedures and may save you time and money in the long run. Many conservators are trained in emergency response and because they work on large batches of artifacts at one time, they may be able to help with sequencing the work.
For complex items, such as paintings that are damaged by soot, water, mud, or mold, a consultation with a conservator can be especially useful. Porous materials and surfaces like bone and ivory can be salvaged most effectively if a professional sets a protocol for the process.
Woodworker + Beneficiary Marcus Maria Jung