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Re: [ARSCLIST] Baking books?
To dry books that were soaked in a flood or from hosing (as in a
fire) the best known method is to expose them to a vacuum. This
works well in removing the water, I don't know what to do about mold.
On Jul 1, 2006, at 11:58 AM, David Lennick wrote:
Tom Fine wrote:
This is a little OT, but I figure with a list of preservation
experts, someone might know the
answer. Is it OK to bake a damp/musty-smelling hardcover book to
dry it out? If so, is the "warm"
(about 130-150 degrees) setting in a conventional oven OK? If not,
what's the recommended what to
dry it out. I bought some used books that had obviously been in
the kind of basement that invites
sticky-shed with tapes. I can read 'em as is, but I'd sure like to
be rid of that musty smell and
damp feeling to the pages. These books are non-valuable ($1 each),
so I don't care if they get a
little warped, just want them intact to read (ie don't want to
ruin the binding).
-- Tom Fine
Thought this was going to be a similar situation to the episode of
"Cheers" where Sam dropped Diane's
rare book in the bathtub and when dried, it looked like a chia pet.
Actually if anyone has an answer
to this or to the related problem of musty record jackets and
labels (a problem I'm facing with
records I've been buying from an estate, where there was a flooded
basement), let us know.