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Doug Barr

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Cleaning/brightening/whitening bone buttons
« on: October 08, 2013, 03:41:01 PM »

I have a concertina I am restoring and would like to freshen up the buttons.  I was told bleach will make them brittle.  I tried a micro sanding cloth to no avail.  Any Ideas?  Doug
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Re: Cleaning/brightening/whitening bone buttons
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2013, 05:02:32 PM »

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Re: Cleaning/brightening/whitening bone buttons
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2013, 09:02:19 PM »

Seems they don't know either!
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Re: Cleaning/brightening/whitening bone buttons
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2013, 10:06:12 PM »

I'm not sure about this, but if the buttons are "organic" eg  ivory or hoof and horn. Then a mixture of milk and vinegar should work. Mixing the two together becomes a horrible curdled mess and really smells. BUT it certainly works on cleaning vellum or parchment.
Maybe worth trying on the least obtrusive button first.
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Re: Cleaning/brightening/whitening bone buttons
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 07:23:18 AM »

I think they are in fact bone, prob shin bone. Not used on melodeons AFAIK.
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