Buying and Selling Our Products


Why Buy Our Products?
Where to Buy Our Products
Why Carry Our Products?
Seller Eligibility

Our basic product line of three made-in-Ottawa 'slow products' plus museum-grade metal polish.

Our three made-in-Ottawa products (multi-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, beeswax wood polish) plus museum-grade metal polish.

Why Buy Our Products?

Especially when used in combination, most household cleaning products are harmful to historic artifacts and facilities, not to mention your staff and visitors. By contrast, our conservator-developed cleaning agents comprise a complete system free from the all-too-common dyes, fragrances, allergens, abrasives and bleaches.

We make our glass cleaner and multi-purpose cleaner using distilled water and sodium laureth sulphate (SLS). This mild cleaning agent is widely used by professional conservators, but is difficult to obtain in safe and useable form even from specialty suppliers. We have also developed a beeswax wood polish based on traditional formulas, and we carry a metal polish with particles half the maximum (-2 micron) particle size recommended by the Canadian Conservation Institute.

Together with our cleaning tools (including linen cloths, cotton cloths, brushes and protective gloves) these agents comprise a comprehensive cleaning system for historic artifacts and facilities. All products come complete with clear directions and warnings, supplemented by extensive online help beginning with our Cleaning Guide by Materials page. Specifically developed for small museums, archives and historic sites, this safe, healthy and straightforward cleaning system is also ideal for use in homes with heritage architecture and artifacts.


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Where to Buy Our Products

You can see our products on the shelves at the Operation Come Home Re: Purpose Store in Ottawa or the gift shop at the Mill of Kintail in Lanark County, ON. (Details and directions here.)  We’re looking for sellers in other regions, so please let us know if there’s somewhere you’d like to see it.


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At a cost of just $24 our basic product package is enough to become eligible for our donation service. Click image to enlarge.

Why Carry Our Products?

 Get started with our basic product package (two cleaner plus beeswax polish, valued at $32)  for just $24;

 Buy any more products at the retail rate of 25% off the resale price;

 As a seller, become eligible for our free donation service, enabling anyone to donate additional stock at the click of a button;

 Receive a further 15% discount on multi-purpose cleaner and glass cleaner when you set up an eco-friendly refill station;

 Attract new visitors who will frequent your institution for product purchase and refill;

 Actively promote the highest standards of historic preservation, as described in our Artifacts & Facilities Cleaning Guide.

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Seller Eligibility

To be eligible to sell smallmuseums.ca cleaning products you must be a non-profit museum, historic site or local, sustainable community organization. Please contact us if you would like to determine your eligibility.

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