Getting Rid of Mothball Smell!

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      Ira Bray

      Hi all,

      I am the CM for a private art collector who recently acquired over 750 textile bags that were stuffed with mothballs and stored in tightly sealed plastic containers for many months. As you can imagine, the mothball smell is overpowering! What’s more, the fumes are really toxic, which has me feeling really concerned about handling this collection.

      What can I do to both protect myself while handling the textiles and to eliminate the mothball smell? Since I work for a private collection (and have only been here a very short time), I need to be able to build a case to support the need to do anything that my employers might consider “out of the ordinary.”

      Thanks so much!

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