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  • Identify all materials within the object.
  • Obtain as much background detail or history before starting any treatments.
  • Handle only with cotton or rubber gloves.
  • Maintain temperatures and relative humidity levels in the ranges 15 -25 °C and 40 – 60 % with maximum variations of 4 °C and 5 % respectively in any 24 hour period or at levels suitable for the most sensitive material of a composite object (see the chapter Preventive Conservation: Agents of Decay.)
  • Avoid direct sunlight and control display lighting.
  • Consult a conservator before treating ethnographic materials.