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Re: [padg] Cleaning Concrete Dust from Books & Shelves

Hi Shannon,

        The lab responded to exactly that problem when Moffitt was renovated a decade ago. Lets see how others respond and then you might want to check in with Gill on our experience if you haven't already. B.

At  1/24/2008, you wrote:
Dear Preservationistas,

Our library just went through a construction project that led to concrete dust covering a fair amount of our shelves and rare books (the covers and textblock edges).  Sadly, the visqueen barriers and other precautionary measures were not sufficient for the job.  We are now in a position where we need to clean the concrete dust from our shelves and rare books.

Do any of you have experience cleaning concrete dust from books?  What would work best and most efficiently?  Please e-mail me directly, if possible.  Your guidance is greatly appreciated.


Shannon K. Supple
Preservation Librarian
Robbins Collection, School of Law (Boalt Hall)
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
510.642.8325 (fax)

Barclay Ogden
Head, Preservation Department
20 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
phone 510.642.4946
fax 510.642.4664

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