Treatment conservation is aimed at stopping or delaying processes of deterioration, and/or improving the condition of art or artifacts, through direct intervention with the material fabric of the object. Because there's always a risk associated with treatment conservation, conservators always abide by ethics and guidelines laid out by professional organizations.
In general, conservators strive for:
- Minimal intervention
- Reversibility of materials and methods used
- Full documentation, including before and after treatment, of all work undertaken
Treatment is where the magic happens!