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I guess my storage unit isn't quite as dry as I thought it was. 8-(
Can these Air Classics Quarterly Reviews by salvaged?
While you can't see it on the tan book with the Staggerwing on the cover, as it was at the top of the stack, I'm sure it's at least got mildew on the back.
I need a method for taking care of this that I can use at home, I really can't afford to take these to a professional book restoration business.
Just wipe it down with a damp rag and keep the books out of moist places from now on. If the pages are damaged, carefully wiping them down with a very dry-ish damp cloth, allow to dry, then keep them out of moist places. The book might not last forever, but then neither will you.
A little bleach in that water to kill the mold spores
March 20 2012, 6:14 PM
Never back a bookshelf up against a bare brick or concrete wall. Leave a space and make sure there is air circulating especially if in a basement with moisture issues.
This time of year when the cold concrete is exposed to warm moist ambient air, its a perfect time for moisture to wick onto and into the books, magazines and other paper items (kit boxes!). In time, mold will develop. I run a fan to keep air moving for this short period until the air condition is switched on. Which this year will be just a couple of days from now. :0(
Wipe the covers with a microfibre cloth lightly moistened with white vinegar.
March 20 2012, 6:04 PM
This will kill mildew spores as well as removing the mildew fungus, and shouldn't harm the covers. Try somewhere less visible first, like the inside edge of the cover. Avoid using bleach or chlorine, which can cause irreparable damage. Then put the books somewhere dry, in sunshine, or near a dehumidifier, to gently dry out any moisture that will encourage further mildew formation.
yes, but not cheaply........................................
March 20 2012, 6:32 PM
the suggestions given by the others could really cause unfixable damage (especially the bleach idea). There are conservators (just google book restoration or conservators) but they aren't really cheap. cheers, LL
So a friend says: "cheer up things could be worse; so I cheered up and sure as hell Things Got Worse!
I've had numerous books get mildew on the covers, and simply wiping it off with a damp rag fixed the problem. If the book isn't damaged, but simply has some surface mildew on it, it's a very easy, and free fix.
If you don't eliminate the mold spores, they will spread to other porous items in the place you store the books. The next time you get any excess moisture - bam - mold on the rest of your prized posessions.
"If a tree fell in the forest, would it sue?"
I bought some Clorox disinfectant wipes and wiped all the mold off and made sure to move the books into a dryer climate. Didn't have any negative effects on the books and haven't had any mold return on them. Not saying it's the best solution in this case, but it worked for me.
Mainely Rick (Login MainelyRick) HyperScale Forums 188.8.131.52
after doing those things, then...
March 20 2012, 8:58 PM
All these are great suggestions. If you do those things and still want help, go to your local library and ask for whoever does book repairs. They might be able to help.
I'm a librarian and would at least try if you brought them to me.
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