So you’ve just spotted a super cool dinosaur fossil footprint for sale on our website, and you’re tempted to order away, but you’re not sure how you’re going to keep it. It’s difficult to take care of and properly store something as delicate and as precious as as fossils. It’s especially harder if you’re not part of an institution or space that offers storage facilities.
What Is The Best Way To Store A Fossil?
Well, keeping a fossil in the right conditions is important when it comes to preserving its quality. Not every collector has the means or ability to set up extensive storage for their fossils and minerals, which is why it’s important to know how to care for them to the best of your ability.
Set Aside a Separate Space for Them
If you have multiple fossils in your possession, you can invest in a wooden cabinet or a box with compartments that let you store them separately. Otherwise, a good alternative is to get a glass container that’s airtight, so you can put your fossil up on display.
It’s important for them not to come into contact with each other, which can lead to erosion, breakage and cause damage. The container or space where you decide to keep them should be a clean and dry place, as well as being airtight if possible. You wouldn’t want moisture, dust, bacteria and bugs to penetrate it and cause damage.
Keeping it Clean
You might think that because they’ve been dug up from layers of earth and dirt that they’re meant to stay that way. But if not cleaned properly, fossils can get damaged. For professionals such as researchers, paleontologists, educationists, etc. there are very strict methods and conditions for cleaning and storing their fossils—you can read them here and here.
However, as we’ve already said, not everybody has that kind of skill, ability or need for extensive preservation. Old toothbrushes are actually quite great when it comes to cleaning fossils. The worn-out bristles are softer than new ones, and so they’re quite gentle on the surface. You can even get specific cleaning brushes for this purpose if need be.
Avoid Handling Them Too Much
Try not to touch or move them around too much, as it can lead to them breaking or falling when touched. Accidents can happen even if you’re super careful, and these delicate objects can break apart surprisingly easily. Once you’ve put them on display or stored them away, let them be.
You can ask us for help if you’re buying dinosaur fossils for sale online in East Bridgewater. If you’re not from around here, you can even ask a local museum for help on cleaning and storing them. Don’t miss out on owning these pieces of history; contact us at 508-715-5970!