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Subject: Textiles contaminated with lead

Textiles contaminated with lead

From: Karin Nunnikhoven <karin.nunnikhoven>
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2007
I am the Curator for a historic site in Penetanguishene, Ontario.
Recently, our historic building was undergoing some intensive
renovations, including repainting. During the sanding of the window
panes and trim, it was discovered that the paint was lead based.
Unfortunately, all the artefacts, including textiles were under
plastic covers in the building but were contaminated.

A restoration company had been called in to dry clean the artefacts
and textiles, but unfortunately the artefacts are still testing to
high for lead.

Has anyone ever dealt with wet cleaning lead contaminated textiles?
If so, what soap products were used? What techniques were used?

Karin Nunnikhoven
Huronia Historical Parks
PO Box 160
Midland, Ontario L4R 4K8

                  Conservation DistList Instance 21:9
                   Distributed: Friday, June 8, 2007
                        Message Id: cdl-21-9-027
Received on Saturday, 26 May, 2007

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