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How important is it to wash your FB prints in water at 20Cish? Is it enough to extend the washing time and use a hypo clear?, especially if the water temp is below 10C. I imagine that using an alkaline fixer will help. Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid, but as Fox Mulder observed, " just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean that they're not after you".
 

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I've never had the luxury of having a temperature control on my water supply in the darkroom anf in the Scottish borders the spring water supply that serves the farm I live on is very cold in the winter. Having said that I've never had a print stain in the 30 years that I've made prints.

My washing method is as follows:-

Fully fix the print for the manufacturers suggested time.
Place it in a tray attached to the cold water supply with just a trickle of water passing through.
When the next print is due to go into the trickle tray, remove the first into a holding tray of fresh water.
At the end of the printing session I pass all prints in the holding tray through a hypo clear bath for the recommended time and then into a cold water wash for 40 minutes.
All prints are then toned in either selenium or gold and given a further 20 minute wash.
 
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