Freeze drying is a method of preserving materials. It is an excellent stabilization technique for waterlogged wood, metals, bone and other materials, in addition to water-damaged books/paper, artwork and manuscripts. Cultural Preservation & Restoration, Inc. (CPR) offers freeze-drying services to Museums, Cultural Resource Management Firms, Historical Societies, Conservators, Governmental Agencies, Libraries, Florists, and Art Collectors/Handlers.
Our Freeze dryer chamber size is 24 inches in diameter by 52 inches long - 33.13 cubic feet. There are five tray levels and removable 10 trays to help maximize chamber space and freeze-drying efficiency. The vertical spacing between trays is approximately 4 inches in height. The freeze-dryer runs 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Fees for freeze-drying vary according to multiple factors, including overall condition of the object(s), degree of saturation or infestation, and number of days required to stabilize the object(s). Some clients have access to an in-house conservator and will only require freeze-drying services for their submitted objects. Other clients may find that some of the objects require pre and/or post-freeze-drying conservation treatment. These clients will need to make arrangements with our conservator for these services.
Our daily rate is $90, our weekly rate is $610 and our monthly rate is $2,400. The fees quoted in this should be used as a general cost guideline only. An object(s) specific cost proposal is generated upon consultation with the client. At that time a determination of the object'(s) condition, freeze-drying requirements, and the necessity for any conservation protocols will be made.
The following fees apply to freeze-drying services that are performed in a dedicated chamber. This means that the entire freeze-dryer space is used for treatment of an object or collection of objects, from a single client. Objects are frozen immediately and freeze-dried according to the specific needs and requirements of the object(s).
P.O. Box 617
Blairstown, NJ 07825
479 Rt. 46
Belvidere, NJ 07823