- kick-stand and ladder
- vacuum cleaner and spare bags
- cleaning cloths
- soft brushes (cheap shaving brush or similar)
- aprons or overalls
- rubber and cotton gloves
- face masks
- mild disinfectant
- large bin liners
- cotton tape and scissors
- notepad and pencils
- old tea towels
It is important to provide appropriate protective clothing and materials
and equipment which remove rather than redistribute dirt and
- Trolleys with bookends to keep books upright.
- Cloths to which particulates adhere rather than dusters which merely spread them around in different places
should be used to clean library fittings.
- Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters should be provided · if floors have to be swept then they should not be swept
with brooms but with static mops and then always damp-mopped.
- Cleaning agents must be non-toxic and pose no threat to the collections from solvent fumes or abrasives. Products
containing oil, chlorine, alum, peroxides, and ammonia should be avoided.
- Face masks which comply to European Standard EN 149.
- A Bassaire mobile work station
is a handy piece of equipment to have as are the Depulver machines
Micro-fibre cleaning cloths
These cloths are made from polyester/polyamide ultra micro fibres. It is important to check
whether they contain any chemical cleaning agents. Usually the only solvent required is water. They can be used to clean most surfaces including glass,
plastics, stainless steel, chrome, brass and wood. When used dry the cloths have a natural 'positive' charge which attracts 'negatively-charged' dust. If
correctly maintained, they will last for several years and pay for themselves many times over.
Suppliers of micro-fibre cleaning cloths