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Subject: Fungicides for carpet

Fungicides for carpet

From: Howard Dess <dess>
Date: Monday, February 4, 1991
I would very much appreciate receiving advice or recommendations about
the following matter:  On Jan. 23 a fire sprinkler pipe broke in the
ceiling over our Physics LIbrary and a tremendous volume of water
inundated our Library.  Fortunately, none of the water directly impinged
directly on any of the stacks or we would have had a real catastrophe,
however, some 90% of the carpeted floor space was literally awash in
water by the time we got the flow stopped.  Most of the excess water was
removed within several hours of the break via the use of portable vacuum
cleaners.  Then we called in a specialist firm (Moisture Control Co.) to
bring in portable dehumidifiers to suck out most of the remaining water
from carpeting and walls, etc.  By now the carpeting is fairly well
dried out, but it needs to be shampooed and cleaned, and we were
wondering about the advisability of using some sort of antimildewcide in
the shampoo.  Can anyone advise me as to whether we should indeed use a
mildewcide on the carpeting, and if so, what commercial brand would you
recommend?  I am particularly concerned that any such antimildewcide not
pose any health hazards to people who work in and use this library.
Would appreciate your comments ASAP.

Howard M. Dess
Rutgers University

                  Conservation DistList Instance 4:42
                 Distributed: Tuesday, February 5, 1991
                        Message Id: cdl-4-42-004
Received on Monday, 4 February, 1991

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