A moist, absorbent mass use to soften or extract unwanted components from a treated surface. Poultices may be made from a Sponge, a matt of soft fibers, or a gelling material, such as Methyl cellulose. Added components, such as solvents, surfactants, enzymes, or chelating agents, are used to solubilize the unwanted components, which then are absorbed by the poultice material.
Resources and Citations
- A Glossary of Paper Conservation Terms, Margaret Ellis (ed.), Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York City, 1998
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poultice (Accessed Nov. 9, 2005)
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998