As earlier mentioned we have set up different “stations” around the conservation lab to organize the workflow. After photographing the objects the next step is cleaning of dust, spider webs or other things accumulations during years of storage.

The cleaning we do at the “cleaning station” is purely dry cleaning with vacuumcleaner, brushes and compressed air. A more thorough cleaning of the object is only performed if the remaining filth is a direct danger to the preservation of the object during the move. Damages and conservations issues will be registered for later treatments.

For health and safety we wear masks with filters while cleaning the objects, as the process of cleaning sends particles into the air. The particles might not be harmful, but we have to clean thousands of objects during the next couple of years and we can’t neglect the fact that we don’t know exactly what the objects have been treated with or exposed to in their lifetime!