Providing collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services to collectors and collecting institutions.
Tools & Supplies
Collection Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning Kit for basic collection care work using any canister vacuum,
preferably a high filtration unit such as our Atrix vacuum cleaners. Ideal
for removing dust and dirt from incoming collections. Kit includes a soft
dusting brush, an upholstery screen, vacuum cleaner micro-tools, small
polyvinyl alcohol sponges, latex gloves and a cleaning instruction booklet.
Polyvinyl Alcohol Sponges can be wrung nearly dry, so they are
barely wet. This means less water is applied to surfaces during cleaning, causing less damage. Cut down, they make mini sponge for cleaning.
Do not use on collection items without training from a conservator.
Dusting Brushes were selected for their soft feel and non-abrasive properties. These are natural grey goat hair brushes with a plastic ferrule. The plastic ferrule is better than metal - plastic is less likely to scratch surfaces. They have a domed end and unfinished wood handle.
CCI Tech Bulletin #11 Dry Methods for Surface Cleaning of Paper by Janet Cowan.
Atrix International Vacuum Cleaners
Express Vac, our smallest vacuum, weighs 8 lb. (with accessories and box) and has a top handle. Measures 12”x 8.25”x 9.5”. Fabric carrying Tote sold separately. Three filtration systems are available: (1) a bag and shell filter combination, (2) a disposable, anti-dump canister filter in a recycled plastic housing or (3) a HEPA filter cartridge. Low suction makes this vacuum ideal for collection cleaning. See micro-tools under accessories.
Omega Vac Supreme, weighing 12 lb., has a shoulder strap and lid storage area for accessories. Measures 19.5” x 9” x 6.25”. Choice of filter determines level of dust retention. Omega Series standard filters are designed to capture dust, dirt, soot, pollen, black toner and most color toner. The optional HEPA filters are designed to capture fumes, atmospheric dust, all color toner and other ultra-fine particulate. Both filters are disposable, anti-dump canisters. The vacuum meets UL and CSA certified safety standards. Great for general exhibit and storage room cleaning. Suction is stronger than normally desired for cleaning collections.
HCTV Vacuum, our largest vacuum, is designed for high volume users. A foot pedal makes it easy to clean material while sitting at a table or lab bench. Its rolling base doubles as a tray for storing the vacuum’s accessories. With a five-gallon capacity, this vacuum offers two levels of filtration: Toner and dust filter bucket and HEPA filter bucket, 5 gallon. Great for general exhibit and storage room cleaning. Suction is stronger than normally desired for cleaning collections. It comes with an extra-long flexible stretch hose, increasing your reach.
Vacuum Accessories fit our Atrix vacuums, making them more flexible. Micro-tools attach to the hose to create a finer cleaning capability. Longer hoses and hose couplers ensure any distance can be reached with your Atrix vacuum without risking the collection. We carry a Tote for the Express Vac and filters for all of our vacuums.
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