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Subject: Cleaning galleries

Cleaning galleries

From: Kilian Anheuser <kilian.anheuser<-a>
Date: Friday, February 11, 2005
Our museum is looking to revise its gallery cleaning procedures. We
have a number of galleries with historic furniture and other
unprotected objects on modern hardwood flooring. Until now, the
floor is regularly cleaned using a large handheld waxing/polishing
machine which even in the hands of an experienced operator poses the
risk of a serious accident when the machine, out of control for just
an instant, hits for example a table leg. Moving the furniture
before the cleaning would be equally undesirable because some of the
more fragile objects would suffer from being moved regularly. I
would be interested to hear what solutions have been adopted by
other institutions in a similar situation, and at which intervals,
if indeed, you undertake full cleaning and polishing of your wooden

Kilian Anheuser
Head of Conservation
Musee d'art et d'histoire
Rue Charles-Galland 2
Case postale 3432
1211 Geneve 3
+41 22 418 2520
Fax: +41 22 418 2511

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:39
                 Distributed: Friday, February 18, 2005
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Received on Friday, 11 February, 2005

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