You mentioned "solution of hydrogen peroxide". Could you describe the
solution for us?
I've used a strong solution of white vinegar before (about 50% vinegar,
50% distilled water) but I suspect your solution of hydrogen peroxide is
Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
On 6/4/2012 11:24 PM, Marie O'Connell wrote:
> As Tom Fine has said.......safety first! Please wear correct masks
> recommended for mold and also gloves. Do the process in an isolated area.
> We had a specific room for mold treatment before our earthquakes here.
> This will be coming at some point as we rebuild.
> Now that you are gloved and masked up - Photograph the boxes for all
> information, including the spines, if there is any info on them, that is.
> With a hepa vaccum, remove all mold from both sides. If you are able to
> unscrew the reel, eg, 10.5 and some 7 inch will have this, do this and put
> the reel into a solution of hydrogen peroxide. If not, then where the gaps
> are on the reel apply and wipe a very light cotton ball soaked in the
> hydrogen peroxide over this, both sides.
> Now, using a machine devoted to moldy tapes, slow wind it on to a screwed
> metal reel. Do it outside of your studio as it seems you do not have a
> devoted room. I used to wheel a devoted machine out into a courtyard in
> Santa Monica when I was there. Keep mask and gloves still on.
> Fix and replace any splices with archival splicing tape.
> This tape will need baking as it is moldy for a reason as it got wet/damp.
> Check to make sure that it isn't acetate tape. Refer to Richard Hess's
> site for those details.
> I have done this method on moldy paper tape, very lightly over the pack
> with the cotton ball which is almost not wet but moist. I have not baked a
> paper tape.
> Good luck!
> On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM, Tom Diamant<[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> I recently went to my personal archive (my garage) to recover some old 7
>> inch reel to reel audio tapes and found they were all damp and had areas
>> covered with big, furry mold. Some are plastic tape, but at least one seems
>> to be paper tape. How can I clean these?
>> Best Regards,
>> Tom Diamant
>> Arhoolie Foundation
>> 10341 San Pablo Ave.
>> El Cerrito, CA 94530
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