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Book Specialist Advice: How To Safely Remove Mold And Mildew From Old Books Without Damaging Them

Hello, worldwide book lovers and collectors! We all know that books are the highway to knowledge, and as much as you read, your life will have a different status.

I don’t borrow books, because each one of them has a delightful memory, and, most of the time you won’t receive it back. Besides, I want to make my own read books collection and pass it forward to my nephews, and I honestly can tell you that I’ve collected some!

But, last year, after re-decorating the house, I stored the books in a cardboard box, in the basement for almost a month. When I brought them back, I almost got into an a-fib episode: my entire home library was molded and that mildew odor was extremely pungent. I thought that all my book collection was ruined, and I had some pretty valuable princeps editio, until I found some incredible useful tips from an old librarian on how to remove mold and mildew from old books, and preserve them longer.

So, you need:

– fine-tooth comb
– fine brush
– rice or liter sand

How to remove mold and mildew from old books

Well, first of all you have to check the book carefully to see where the mold deposits are, and then take the fine-tooth comb and slowly remove any mold trace.
Then, take a fine brush (a makeup brush will do the work perfectly) and slowly brush away any mold or mildew spore. Be very gentle with it, especially when you clean its pages, because the risk of damaging it is very high.
After using the above utensils to remove most part of the mold, you can store the books in a container with rice to get rid of the moisture. Instead of rice you can use liter sand because it has the same effect.

How to eliminate mold odor from books

The easiest way is to expose the book in direct sunlight, but this method can damage the book cover by fading its color.
Another tricky-trick which I’ve learned from the book specialist was to microwave the book for 2 minutes.

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