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Dear Ms. Wallenstein,


In treating materials from a small house museum fire, we began using pure
zeolites rather than just kitty litter, to remove the fire smell from the
materials.  Kitty litter tends to contain clay and depending, some types of
zeolites.  If the kitty litter doesn't work, you can get a quart container
of kitty litter additive which contains pure zeolites and try again.  At
ECS, we built a cabinet using zeolites, activated charcoal and circulating
air to treat our fire-damaged materials and so far, it has been successful
in reducing, but not completing removing, odor.




Ms. Wallenstein wrote:


Date:    Sun, 2 Oct 2005 10:58:59 -0400

From:    seawall <seawall@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Subject: kitty litter


can someone refer me to the dates of the discussion about using kitty litter
to remove the moldy smell of old books? have recently purchased an old book
from the 1890s that someone used as the base for a scrapbook...very
interesting book to have but it smells moldy. rather than re-invent the
wheel here by re-discussing the use of cat litter (and risk pissing off
anyone, pardon the pun) could someone just tell me which issues i should
look at for the info? i can't seem to find the when of the postings.


ellen wallenstein



Bryan L. W. Draper

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Etherington Conservation Services

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