Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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stripping

1. The process of removing dirt, grease, or uneven tan deposition from the grain of a newly tanned leather by drumming the skins in a solution of warm water (40° C.) and a small amount of milk alkali, e.g., 1 by weight of the stock of soda ash, borax, or sodium bicarbonate. Too vigorous or prolonged stripping is to be avoided as it can seriously de-tan the leather. If heavy stripping is carried out, or if the original tannage was not satisfactory for the leather required, it is possible to retan the skins at this stage. 2 A term used mainly in library binding to indicate GUARDING . (306 )




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