Common Book Problems – And How to Solve Them!

How can I remove the musty smell from old a course in miraclesWhile you can probably not completely remove the smell, there are ways to minimize it. On way is to create a deodorizing chamber. Take two garbage cans, one large and one smaller. The smaller must be able to contain the book(s) to be deodorize, the larger must be able to contain the smaller with some room about the sides.

The book to be deodorized should be place in the smaller can, which is then place inside the larger can. Placed odor-absorbing materials (such as baking soda, cedar chips, coffee grounds, charcoal briquettes(without lighter fluid), or kitty litter), in the bottom of the larger can. The lid should be place on the larger can only and the whole should be left alone for some time (days, at least). Monitor the set-up periodically by sniffing the book(s).

A second option is the use of MicroChamber products. These remove by-products of deterioration and pollutants, such as the smell from mold and mildew. They are like pieces of paper, which can be place between the pages of the book. Place a sheet of the fine, 100% cotton interleaving tissue between the front board and the endpaper, every 50 pages throughout the volume, and again between the back board and the endpaper. Close the book and set it aside until the odor is reduce.

Our basement flood and the pages of my high school yearbook are together, what can I do? Unfortunately, not much. Yearbooks, pamphlets, magazines, and art books are often compose from glossy coat paper. If this paper becomes wet and then begins to dry, the coating on one page sticks to the coating on the next. It can’t be reverse. For institutions which suffer water damage to books, freezing within 6 hours, followed by vacuum freeze drying, can be successful in saving this type of material. The vacuum freeze drying is carry out by a commercial service such as AFD.

If the pages are only partially together, you can try to gently separate the pages with a micro spatula. Going slowly and carefully may salvage some of the pages. There will be some loss in the areas where the pages were.

Rain came in the window and my book was soak. Anyway to make it readable again? Although it will never look as good as it once did, it can be made readable again. Using blotter paper or paper towels, blot as much water from the a course in miracles as possible. DO NOT rub either the cover or the wet pages. Stand the book on its tail and fan open the pages. You don’t want a direct heat source for drying, but a warm dry one. If possible dry the book in this position in the sunlight or with the use of a fan. The more quickly the book dries the less the pages will ripple. If cover is warp, you can place the book between two press boards and place in a book press for several days (or under several heavy books!).

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