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Subject: Floor wax on books

Floor wax on books

From: Normandy Helmer <nhelmer>
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 1994
The company we hired to do the floors in the main collection sloshed
floor wax so enthusiastically that in places it splashed five feet off
the floor.  Thousands of books ended up with big white splashes on the
cover.  The wax used was Spartan's On An' On.  It is water-soluble, so
we rinsed the books and the wax is, in general, no longer visible.
According to the MSDS, it is 7% diethylene glycol monoethyl ether.  I
would appreciate an informed opinion on any long-term affect on the


Normandy Helmer
Head, Preservation & Binding Dept.
University of Oregon Library
Eugene, OR 97405-1299
(503) 346-1864

                  Conservation DistList Instance 7:62
                Distributed: Thursday, February 24, 1994
                        Message Id: cdl-7-62-004
Received on Tuesday, 22 February, 1994

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