Reply To: HEPA Vacuum for Small Archives

Tara Kennedy

Hi Abigail-

As long as the vacuum is HEPA-filtered, you can use any vacuum with a brush attachment. Provided you are doing work that isn’t going to risk bits of the object getting sucked up in the vacuum, like the outside of books and boxes, you should be fine.

For more delicate work, see if you can’t somehow attach a rheostat to control the amount of suction from the vacuum. Then you can reduce the suction, making it safer to clean more delicate objects, like single sheets of paper, textiles, and the like.