Try using a hair dryer. It can be effective in removing labels, tape or anything that is glued to paper. Set it on low-heat. And if your book gets wet, the
hair dryer can be a valuable emergency tool for drying. Some even find it effective on beginning mildew.
Mildew, also known as mold, can destroy a book, and it can spread. Webster defines it as “a furry growth on the surface of organic matter”, and your
book is made of organic matter i.e., from materials which were (formerly) alive. The Document Cleaning Pad is helpful against mold. Fungi thrive on
moisture and heat, so air conditioning is a good idea.
Vaseline is petrolatum, (petroleum jelly), and it can be useful. A dab of it on a soft, clean cloth can often get rid of smudges on dust jackets. Wipe it on
and wipe it off with a cleaning agent like a Document Cleaning Pad. Bookseller folklore has many household products for book care, such as nail polish
remover and lighter fluid but, as a rule, they are not worth the inconvenience.
Experienced book people divide erasers into plastic, art gum, and kneaded. The basic tool is the art gum eraser, and it is a must for any seller or lover of
books. These large, soft erasers are to be used gently on pencil marks, dirt on dust jackets and covers, etc. They crumble easily, and the crumbs should be
whisked away. The important thing is that they do minimum damage to your books and keep them clean. Any black surfaces that appear on the eraser
may be cut away or you may get rid of them by rubbing it on blank paper.
If you do not wish to use a thin, acid-free tape like Filmoplast® Tape, you may glue the tear shut by taking the following steps:
Books are made mainly of paper, cloth, glue, and other organic materials. They come from live sources, like fine furniture, and require more care. Just as, for
example, garments made of organic materials such as silk and wool require more care than those made from inorganic materials like nylon and polyester.
Nothing! If a book is “sunned” (faded) then the damage is permanent. Just as people can forestall skin damage by applying a sunscreen, you can also
forestall UV damage to your books by applying Brodart Book Jacket Covers.
Clean Cover Gel, a petroleum based product, seems to be the favorite “Cinderella” product for getting old boards looking good. Put a dab on a clean, lintfree
cloth. Test on a tiny part of the board to make sure the colors are fast. Rub along the surface gently in one direction. Wipe off with clean cloth. Be sure
to put some paper under the board to make sure the gel does not get on the pages. It's also a good idea to practice first on some books that you do not
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