[GBW] musty smell in papers

Peter Verheyen verheyen at philobiblon.com
Tue Aug 21 11:37:39 EDT 2007


Sure can.

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Peter D. Verheyen
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From: "Shannon Zachary" <szachary at umich.edu>
To: <gbw at lib3009.lib.msu.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 10:31 AM
Subject: FW: [GBW] musty smell in papers


> There is one technique for sterilizing mildew that I haven't personally
> used, but is available for consideration: place the item in an ozone
> chamber. Disaster recovery companies have ozone rooms for deodorizing
> personal and office goods following a fire. Although I hear that ozone can
> be pretty effective, I've never used this method. Ozone is known to
> accelerate the deterioration of paper and other organic matter. The
> perceptable deterioration is not immediate--probably nothing you would
> notice in the next 20 years or so. The big debate is, how much long-term
> loss is a reasonable trade-off for rendering the material more useable?
> There are no data to guide a judgment call. Even if there were, it 
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> wouldn't help us much because disaster recovery services typically don't
> have any way to measure the ozone exposure they are inflicting. I have
> sometimes suggested this process to owners of personal working collections
> that they just want to render useable again for their own lifetime.
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> Another observation, the BookKeeper mass deacidification process 
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> at the plant; I've not tried to use the retail spray for this purpose)
> seems, as an unintended side-effect, to get rid of that musty odor. The
> process isn't intended or tested for this purpose. The Web site for
> Preservation Technologies is www.ptlp.com.
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> -- 
> Shannon Zachary
> Preservation & Conservation
> University Library, University of Michigan
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> Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 17:04:28 -0400
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> Subject: Re: [GBW] musty smell in papers
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> I have been experimenting with two new products to help deal with mold
> problems, both of which seem quite promising.  Needless to say, I would
> be very interested in hearing from anyone who has had any experience
> with either approach:
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> 1.  A product called "Nok-out", which actually is stabilized chlorine
> dioxide, that is sold in pet stores to get rid of skunk smell.
> According to the manufacturer, it can be used to get rid of most other
> odors too, including mildew.  It is a liquid that can be sprayed on or
> added to water for washing.  Seems to work, but I am not exactly sure
> how, nor how safe it is to use on various materials.  It is a Canadian
> product, but there are probably similar US products...  Plenty of
> skunks on both sides of the border.
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> 2.  A machine made by Tersano called "Lotus" sold in Canadian Tire
> stores in Canada and in Sharper Image stores in the US that produces
> super-oxygenated water, i.e. with ozone, as a sanitizer.  Claims to be
> effective in removing mold and mildew, causing the bacteria and toxins
> to "explode."  The oxygenated water too can be sprayed on or used as
> wash water.  It too seems to work, but is water based so needs to be
> used on water safe materials...
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> Of course alcohol (isopropyl) is the old stand-by that is pretty
> effective... and formaldehyde vapor if used properly...
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> Betsy  Eldridge
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