Javelle water

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An aqueous solution of Sodium hypochlorite or potassium hypochlorite. Javelle water was used as a bleach and disinfectant in the laundry industry and, for a time, in conservation. In recent years, Javelle water has been replaced by the use of weaker bleaches such as Calcium hypochlorite and Chloramine T.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Javel water; eau de Javelle; eau de Labarraque; Labarraque's solution

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • George Savage, Art and Antique Restorer's Handbook, Rockliff Publishing Corp, London, 1954
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998