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    What are your top tips for zapping darkroom dust problems?
    "He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.

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    Intall a shower in your darkroom. ((-:

    Not so jokingly as it may seem - humidity is one of the best ways to get rid of dust. Scrubbing floors/wall with a damp cloth?

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    I’ll second that. I always use a clean damp cloth, the dust sticks to the cloth, and the dampness helps kill any static. Note, damp, not wet.
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    Small cheap humidifier (like the type your mom used to use when you were sick as a kid - but without the menthol!) is good for adding moisture which helps "settle" the dust. Ctein uses black plastic stapled to walls in his darkroom and wipes them down with damp cloth occasionally.

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    What about using a humidifer in the darkroom? Is that overkill? Dust this time of year is really bad due to the cold weather / dry air.
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    I used to use the Black plastic trick. Charge it up with static electricity and the dust is attracted and held there instead of your negs. Since it's Black, it is easy to see when it gets too dusty and time to wipe it down with a damp cloth before recharging it.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    How are you charging it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac
    How are you charging it?
    Give it a light, brisk rubbing with fur or plush or flannel material.

    I usually just grab a passing Cat
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    lol, Neal! My brother's old apartment had wooden floors so he would just spin the cat in circles to dust
    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

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    Catuum cleaner???

    Did he get a patent for it?

    :roll:

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