Fluffy Stuff: Integrated Control of Mould in Archives

This book covers all aspects of the integrated control of mould in museums, archives and libraries. It is crucial that the materials are stored in the correct conditions.

Tackling the symptoms is an ineffective way to go about combating mould. In almost all cases, mould problems can be linked to incorrect storage conditions or water damage. Regardless of the method of disinfection used, an improvement in storage conditions is required in order to prevent a rapid reoccurrence. Integrated control consists of a logical sequence of five steps: avoid, block, detect, confine and treat. The emphasis is on preventive measures and their monitoring. 

Safe for humans, the environment and the materials

Integrated control is a strategy aimed at keeping the use of harmful substances and methods to a minimum. This is done by taking appropriate preventive action and treating the collections responsibly. If, in spite of all efforts at prevention, mould is found and needs to be controlled, a method that is non-harmful to humans, the environment and the materials will be used wherever possible. Radical, toxic treatment should only be considered as a last resort. 

This publication is also available in Dutch.

Who is this publication for?

This book is for the managers of museum collections, archives and libraries.

Publishing details

Authors: Agnes W. Brokerhof, Bert van Zanen and Arnold den Teuling
© The Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency, 2003