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Subject: Biocides for leather

Biocides for leather

From: Susanne Grieve <sgrieve>
Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I'd like to know what everyone uses as a biocide when working with
submerged or waterlogged archaeological leather and wood. The
following biocides are what I have come across in my research:

    Adesol and Panacide: Thompson (Conservation of Leather, 2006)
    recommends using these. It seems like these two chemicals are
    used mostly in the UK or Australia and I haven't seen a lot of
    published literature on their uses.

    Kathon CG: This appears to have been mainly used in conjunction
    with sucrose treatments for wood and I am concerned about the
    compatibility with leather. Again not a lot of published

    Dowicide 1: The biocide that I have worked most closely with,
    but I wanted to see how widely it is used.

Can anyone who has worked with these recommend one over the other?

Susanne Grieve
Assistant Conservator
The Mariners' Museum
USS Monitor Project
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606
Fax: 757-591-7312

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