Nuclear domestication

Dusting is a tedious household chore, but what if you had to deal with dust composed of radioactive particles or toxic chemicals that conventional dusting cloths simply cannot pick up? Inventor Ron Simandl is applying for a patent for a process to turn any material into a super cleaner. His treatment should work on any rag but has been tested on cheesecloth for six months with great success, he says. He is coy about the specifics but says a treated material can pick up metal, ceramic, plastic, fibers, radiological contaminants. Simandl says the cloth could be used for quickly mopping up industrial accidents or wiping down semiconductor clean rooms. He is also reluctant to reveal how it works, although emphasizes that the approach is by design not accident.