The disinfection of books, documents and paper material is a procedure to stop the attacks of biodeteriogenic agents such as molds and fungi.
These attacks should not be underestimated and must be stopped and contained as soon as possible.
Mold spores are naturally present in any environment. Certain environmental conditions, however, favor its development, causing very serious damage to the materials on which they are deposited. In particular:
- the presence of nourishing material, such as paper, leather, parchment;
- rather high temperatures (above 20 ° C);
- relative humidity values higher than normal (above 65%).
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What do we do in case of mold and fungi
We carry out microbiological analyses in situ and on paper material affected by mold or other biodeteriogenic agents.
We carry out the clean-up of the environments to restore the conditions suitable for the conservation of the assets.
We proceed with the disinfection of the material at the Prodoc operational headquarters or, if the conditions for transport are not present, directly on site thanks to our mobile systems.
Disinfection of documents: the importance of microbiological analyses
Contrasting and identifying the agents responsible for the biodeterioration of archival and library assets, both in the moment of prevention and in that of recovery and restoration, are fundamental objectives that we set for our clients.
Our team of professionals, thanks to years of experience in research and experimentation and high-tech equipment, is able to adopt different methods of sampling and analysis as needed, following non-invasive procedures, both in situ and in the laboratory.
To ensure the defense and restoration of damaged assets, we implement strategies, including experimental ones, to obtain the best conservation and restoration results.
How to avoid harmful biological agents
Eliminate safe shelters for mold and mildew:
It is essential to take action to eliminate all areas that are particularly hidden and difficult to reach with daily cleaning operations, to prevent biological agents from reproducing undisturbed in places hidden from view.
Ensure a cleaning regime:
Because the spores of mold and fungi are always naturally present in any environment, it is of primary importance to keep the heritage conservation rooms clean, frequently carrying out surface dusting operations.
Monitor relative humidity and temperature:
Relative humidity and temperature values above the recommended thresholds represent a very high risk for the development of molds and fungal colonies. It is recommended that you proceed with daily measurements and keep track of any significant changes.
Inspect less frequented areas:
It is advisable to carry out a daily surveillance inside all the heritage conservation rooms, to monitor the environments and to ascertain the presence or absence of biological pests.