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n. ~ 1. The process of removing dirt, smudges, stains, or other foreign material from an object. - 2. The process of redacting confidential, private, or restricted information.

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Light cleaning1 to remove surface dirt is often considered a routine part of processing. Extensive cleaning of accretions or stains, especially treatments that involve washing or bleaching, requires the services of a trained conservator.