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Subject: Steamers


From: Karen Potje <kpotje>
Date: Monday, August 5, 1996
On August 2 Johann Alcock asked if anyone had recently purchased a
steamer that they were happy with.  I recently ordered a steamer
that the Northeast Document Conservation Centre in Andover, Mass.
told me about.  It's one of those cheap plastic ones--you fill it
with water, add salt (or baking soda) and plug in.  It's a light
iron-shaped model which you can hold horizontally. I haven't had any
problem with dripping or sputtering.  The steam jet is hot and wet
enough for removing backings from works of art on paper.
Disadvantages: the steam jet is a little wider than I'd like it to
be, and you can't adjust it.  It also lacks an on-off switch, though
I plan to install one on the cord.  But for 20 dollars US, it's a

It's called the "International Steamer/Ironer", model 167N or the
"PowerSteamer", model 167N.

You can get it from:

    Kembrick Corporation
    Southbury Manufacturing Co.,
    P.O. Box 8
    South Britain, CT 06487.
    Fax: 203-264-9181
    (contact:  Herman Brickman)

Karen Potje
Head, Conservation/Preservation
Canadian Centre for Architecture
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

                  Conservation DistList Instance 10:16
                 Distributed: Wednesday, August 7, 1996
                       Message Id: cdl-10-16-010
Received on Monday, 5 August, 1996

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