How to Deal with Musty Books
I recently bought some old books and even though they are in good
condition, they are musty smelling. Does anyone know a really good way
to take care of that? I read that Bounce softener sheets might help,
but I wondered if it would stain the pages, maybe a used one would be
ok though. Has anyone used something like that succesfully?
One of the books I bought is called "Household Discoveries and Mrs.
Curtis's Cook Book". This one is the 1914 edition but the first was
1908. It has 1205 pages!! Anything the homekeeper of 1914 could
possibly need to know and lots of recipes for cooking. Lots of the
home remedies and information about housekeeping in general--very
Date: Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:12 pm
Subject: Help-how to deal with musty books!
You might try putting the books in a ziplock type bag with the bounce
sheet. I'd make sure they don't touch because I'm like you in
thinking the oils on the sheet would stain the paper.
how about sprinkling a few drops of an essential oil on a paper towel
then wrapping it around the book and putting in a large baggy and
sealing it for a few hours? essential oils evaporate and don't
stain. I've never tried this but when you mentioned the oil on the
fabric sheets it popped into my head
I have heard newspaper can absorb weird odors... maybe try wrapping them in newspaper?
Sounds like you got some really neat books there.
The best thing to do is put them in a brown paper bag with crumpled newspapers also might want to put newspapers sheets between the pages. Driving them around in your car helps too. The mold does not like sun and dry air.
Check them perodically and put in fresh newspaper. Sometimes when they are done there will be a fine dusting of dried powder on them that you will want to brush of.
Liz acraftycat Bisbee, Az
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