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Subject: Alternatives to cotton wool

Alternatives to cotton wool

From: William Minter <wminter<-at->
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Savannah Marlatt <savannahmarlatt [at] gmail__com> writes

>I am looking for materials that have similar properties and
>characteristics to cotton wool, but which leave behind few/no
>residues.  The primary considerations are absorbency, reaction to
>common solvents, and technical application.  Materials I am looking
>into presently include natural/synthetic sponges and non-woven

You might want to have a look at the synthetic towels that are used
in the computer industry. One non-woven fabric is Tek-Wipe, that is
a blend of 45% polyester and 55% hydrospun cellulose. Book and paper
conservators have been using this material as an alternative to
blotters for a number of years. This material can be washed for a
softer finish.  Perhaps Tek-Wipe will meet your needs.

Short yardage is available from Polistini Conservation Materials in
Washington, DC


William Minter
William Minter Bookbinding and Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA  16695
Fax: 814-793-4045

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Received on Saturday, 13 April, 2013

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