Wet/dry vacuum

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Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries Preservation Department

Wet/dry vacuum

A high-capacity canister vacuum can be useful for jobs such as getting either wet or dry loose debris out of the way at a disaster site, extracting water from hard floors, and doing a rough preliminary cleaning of shelved books if no mold growth is evident. (If mold growth is evident, see HEPA vacuum.)

Though this is of course a tool, it is included here because a comprehensive list of disaster supplies should include one and because other than general housekeeping, disaster response is our only use for this tool.

(Also listed in "Shop Tools")

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