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Subject: Lysol


From: Gretchen Kriner <ostra921>
Date: Saturday, November 7, 1998
I was reading a short blurb in the October issue of the American
Libraries magazine about a mold attack which inflicted the
collection of an Arkansas library.  The staff received some
consultation on how to handle the situation, although who they
consulted was not mentioned.  The article stated that the "library
and cleaning staffers were hand-sponging all the books with
hospital-grade Lysol."  If this didn't work, they planned to use a
HEPA filter vacuum and another solvent, which was not specified.  I
checked the Cons DistList archives for discussion of the use of
Lysol and found a few articles from a few years back which seemed to
suggest that Lysol could be used for treating mold, but as to the
amount to use and manner of application, the discussion was varied.
One contributor seemed to be against the use of Lysol altogether. I
would like to hear current thoughts about the procedure the Arkansas
library chose to carry out.

Gretchen Kriner
Preservation Librarian Intern

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:42
                 Distributed: Monday, November 9, 1998
                       Message Id: cdl-12-42-015
Received on Saturday, 7 November, 1998

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