Don't know the english term for such thing...It's something you normally use to clean your work top in the kitchen for example.
Can be called a number of things. One traditional term is 'chamois" - which is a very soft, very absorbent leather used to remove moisture from wet surfaces. From the picture, I would infer that this one is made of an artificial material rather than real leather.
I never squeegee fiber prints. Rapidity of drying only increases the tendency of the print to curl. I dry mine pegged back to back hanging vertically from metal clips on a line. I usually have at least 1/2 inch borders all around. Any concerns about puddled water leaving a residue are eliminated because that would occur in the border. I see no rush to dry fiber prints because I can't do anything with them until they are completely dry so I let them hand overnight anyway.
I use single tray processing partly to avoid handling the emulsion at all. After all the time and energy that I put into a final print, I see no reason to apply any object to the wet emulsion surface right at the end, e.g. a squeegee.
I squeegee both sides but I do not apply pressure to the print in the process. I simply run the squeegee over both surfaces one time, letting only the light weight of the squeegee do the work. Though I have only been doing fiber for a short time, I cannot see how what I'm doing could ever scrape the emulsion.
I squeegee the back & front, then the back again...just a habit. I then dry them face up on newspaper on the counter top in my kitchen. They always dry with minimal curl on the edges & placing them in my archival portfolio for about a 1-2 weeks makes them almost completely flat.
I squeegee the front of the print with a windshield wiper and dry face up on screens. Sometimes a stray drop of water can cause a raised bump as the print dries so I blot any large drops with a photo wipe.
Thanks everyone!! I think I'll have to try the squeegee thing and see if it works for me -- I'll see what I can find in Paris when I go in tomorrow to exchange my brown developer.
I know I started this thread, but I have to say that it had me laughing at the end. How many times have I read the word SQUEEGEE? Such a ridiculous word for adults to use (although I guess rhyming with Weegee is not such a bad thing...)
How many times indeed! And how few times of any
alternative? I know there are a few out there who
do use a sponge but I the only one to have
mentioned such an obvious choice.
While in town pick up a sponge. I wet a dry sponge
with tap water then squeeze dry. Then a wet with
a little distilled and squeeze again. Good for three
or four 8x10s. No mess, no scratches, no
detached emulsions. Dan