How To Save Old Photos That Are Stuck Together


If you’ve been around long enough to be printing photos, and even longer to be storing them in shoe boxes, you must have had that frustrating experience when two (or more) photos got stuck together. It feels as if there were super-glued and any attempt to apply force to separate them will result in damaging the photos.

wikiHow shares a great tip to separate those photos, simply soak them in warm water:

Soak any that are stuck together. Water will not harm most photographs, as exposure to water is actually part of the chemical development process for conventional photographs. If photographs have stuck together: soak the photographs for at least an hour in lukewarm water. Gently peel apart.

To dry those photos off wikiHow recommends either hanging them on a cloth-line or (if that is not an option), lay them down flat on a piece of cloth or paper towel to dry peacefully.

[How to Save a Wet Photo Album via lifehacker]

  • Karen Danks

    Think this might work for photos stuck to glass?

  • Rona

    Could this work for photos stuck to the glass in a frame also? I have had photos to restore that were stuck to the glass, and instead of trying to remove, I do a high quality scan and restore from that.

  • Jdu

    To get uniform drying, add Agepon or Photoflo in water

  • Jon

    Just don’t try this with inkjet prints. This method is only for traditional darkroom prints.