Contributions of dust at floor level to particle depositions within the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Young Hun Yoon, P Brimblecombe

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Abstract

A study of particulate matter on and above the floor of a large gallery showed the effectiveness of cleaning in lowering dust loads. Shoes were a significant source of floor dust, although this was dependent on the weather. Tiled and carpeted floors appeared to have statistically similar amounts of dust available for resuspension, but dust could be cleaned more effectively from tiles than from carpet. Although coarse dust deposition was higher over carpeted floors, this appeared to extend only about 30cm above the floor. Significant particle deposition was found at eye-level, including many clothing fibres, which implied that fibres and associated particles shed from visitors' clothes might be an important cause of soiling of objects on display.

A study of particulate matter on and above the floor of a large gallery showed the effectiveness of cleaning in lowering dust loads. Shoes were a significant source of floor dust, although this was dependent on the weather. Tiled and carpeted floors appeared to have statistically similar amounts of dust available for resuspension, but dust could be cleaned more effectively from tiles than from carpet. Although coarse dust deposition was higher over carpeted floors, this appeared to extend only about 30cm above the floor. Significant particle deposition was found at eye-level, including many clothing fibres, which implied that fibres and associated particles shed from visitors' clothes might be an important cause of soiling of objects on display.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalStudies in Conservation
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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