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Re: bookcloth cleaner

Backus book cloth cleaner and Backus leather polish are available in the USA

Art Rubino & Co.
Antiquarian Booksellers
Numismatic & Philatelic Arts of Santa Fe

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From:   The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting on behalf of Karen
Sent:   Monday, June 02, 1997 5:56 PM
To:     BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject:        bookcloth cleaner

I've just returned from two weeks in England, visiting
suppliers/manufacturers of various bookbinding materials that we buy and
re-sell here in the States.  I happened to come across something called
BACKUS Bookcloth Cleaner, and bought a can to bring home and check out. I saw
it being used in a friends bindery to remove soot on books that had been
stored in a room recently gutted by fire, and it looked like it had potential
for my customers. Unfortunately (or should I say fortunately) the airlines
confiscated it because it was marked "flamable". Further investigation
indicates that, even if I decided wanted to buy it for resale here (USA) I
couldn't because of shipping problems.

My question is two-fold:

(1) Can anyone comment on this particular product - pros/cons, composition,
etc. and, (2) is there something similar already available in the U.S. that I
should know about?

Thanks in advance for any input!

Karen/Bookbinder's Warehouse

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