How to separate photos that are stuck together?
Old photos and albums hold an enormous sentimental value for most of us. After all, it is these photos that take us down the memory lane, and remind us of our faded past. However, many a times we lose a majority of our photos to the damaging effects of the nature over the years. We often encounter photos in their albums, getting stuck to each other and tearing off when we try to separate them. However, we are listing two super easy techniques to help you separate your stuck photos with ease, without damaging them.
The soaking technique
If you have a stack of photos stuck together in such a way, that it might seem impossible to pull them apart simply with your hands, you might consider soaking them into a bowl full of water at room temperature. Keep the photos submerged for a couple of minutes, to facilitate water absorption on their surfaces. If even after a considerable soaking, the photos do not seem to separate, you might consider leaving them submerged overnight. After the photos are separated, hold them lightly and lay them down on a towel to dry. In case the edges of your photos have curled up after drying, you may use weights to press down on the curled edges, or even place them inside the pages of a heavy book to flatten them out.
The freezing technique
All you need to do is place the stuck photos inside a plastic bag, and put the bag inside the freezer compartment of your refrigerator. As opposed to soaking, this technique involves drying out of the photos. You can leave the photos in the freezer for a day or so, and then try to peel them apart with fragile hands. In case the photos are stuck together too severely, you might have to leave them inside the freezer for an entire week as well.
You need to keep in mind that these two techniques are basically for the separation of developed photos and not digitally printed out ones.