How To Get Rid Of Old Books

How to get rid of unwanted Graffiti on a book.

So I was looking at a old school book that I will need next term and noticed someone wrote inappropriate stuff all over it in blue pen. My teacher checks them all so I need to get rid of the writing, But I can’t tippex it because the writing is too small to rewrite. What should I do? I can’t get a new book…

Maybe I just don’t understand your school system, but if you’ve already got notes in this book, how did the graffiti get there? If someone defaced your book while it was in your possession, you ought to know who did it. Contact your teacher and tell him/her.

How I do get rid of odor from old library books.

Yeah, you know that musty, gross smell. I cannot bear another second of it but I really want to turn the pages. What to do?

Ah! That is my favorite smell! But one way that I have found helpful in getting rid of the odor is to leave them sit open so they can sort of air out. Also if you spritz them with lysol, that is always helpful. I hope this works for you!

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How to get rid of a dirty smell of a book.

Ok so I have a bag, it smelled alot like fish because I forgot to take out the bread of my bag, so I washed it and it smelled better after washing it, but here s the real problem, I had alot of books in it and I tried almost everything to get the smell out of my books, I tried deodorant on it, I tried strong…

Check dampness. Dampness, wetness and soaking of a book is the primary cause of mildew or mustiness in a book, providing an ideal growth medium for mold, bacteria or fungus (which all smell bad). Regardless of the cause of excess moisture left on books, moisture causes pages to stick together and nurtures mildew. Dropping the book in the bath causes total havoc, and leaving a book next to a damp wall causes gradual mildew growth. Storage of books results in bad odors from mildew. If you don’t know whether the book has been wet in the past, telltale signs include:Pages stuck together (especially the edges), but it can be the whole way through. Chunks of pages can be stuck together, leaving others to freely turn.Discoloration; brown or black speckling, yellowing.Mildew or mold growing on the spine or cover of the book, especially if the book is old and the cover is made from organic material, i.e. leather or paper.Mildew or musty smell, like a damp cellar/basement.AdRemove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 22Cigarette smoke damage. Another cause of musty odor is exposure to cigarette smoke. Books will look yellowed, speckled (brown spots running up and down page edges and often across inner pages of book; also known as “foxing”) and there may be a stinky smoky odor as well as a musty one, depending on how long the book was in the smoky location (being absorbent, book paper can stink of cigarette smoke for years).AdPart 2 of 5: Fixing Immediate Sources of DampnessRemove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 31If upon picking up the book, you can feel it is damp and see wet or damp pages clumping together, deal with it immediately. The longer a book is left, the harder it will be to fix and the more likely mildew will grow.Remove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 42Stand the book upright on a table. Fan out the pages gently. If your fingers can’t disentangle pages without ripping, use a letter opener and tweezers to separate. Alternatively, blow into the pages from the top to fan the pages out. Apply one strip of adhesive tape over the fan to keep the pages separated.Remove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 53Let stand to dry in a warm spot free of moisture. Ensure that every page is nice and dry.You could try direct sunlight if the book isn’t valuable. However, direct sunlight may fade the book, and especially for older, valuable books, could lead to disintegration, discoloration and curling up of the pages permanently. Warmth but not direct sunlight is the best approach.AdPart 3 of 5: Using an Absorbent to Remove OdorsIt’s assumed that by this stage, you’ve dried the book and you want it to be odor-free so it can be read. Remember, dust introduced by these methods may linger in the book and cause damage down the line.1Try silica. You can purchase silica from an arts and crafts store.Remove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 62Try kitty litter. You will need a large container, like a Rubbermaid tub and a smaller container, as well as an absorbent, like baking soda, cat litter, or charcoal.Fill the larger container halfway with kitty litter.Place the smelly book or books at the bottom of the smaller container. Place the container above the kitty litter inside the larger container.Seal the larger container tightly, and leave the book to sit in the absorbent for a few days.Check every few days. If the odor has gone, remove the book or books and dust off (a new paintbrush is ideal for dusting). If not, repeat until the book smells better.Store in a clean, dry place to avoid reintroducing mildew.Activated charcoal or charcoal briquettes can be substituted for kitty litter in the method outlined above. Just be careful not to bring the book into direct contact with the charcoal or it may sustain blackening marks.Remove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 73Try baking soda. Place a cup of baking soda into a plastic box or bin. Place the book or books (this method is good for more than one book) inside and seal the lid well. Leave for 48-72 hours, then check. Repeat until the odor has gone.Another approach if you live where it’s dry heat and sunny: Sprinkle baking soda between the pages, perhaps every 10 pages or so. Leave the book open in the sunshine for a few days in a row, turning pages often (bring in at night). Sniff to see if it has improved and continue until it smells better. This won’t work on all mildew or musty odors, but it can be helpful for some. (Be sure not to leave the book exposed to wind or rain.) This is not advised for valuable or antique books, or those already showing notable page yellowing or brittleness; it may make the book’s condition worse.Remove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 84Place newspaper between the pages. Place a sheet of newspaper between every few pages of the book. Do not use on valuable or old books, only cheaper ones (newspaper is acidic and it may transfer ink to the book).Scrunch up balls of newspaper and toss inside a resealable plastic container or bag.Place the book in and cover with the lid.Leave for 3-5 days.Remove all the newspaper. The book will, hopefully, smell better. Do not leave books wrapped in newspaper, as this can harm the book long-term.AdPart 4 of 5: Hiding the Odor1Sometimes, no matter what else you have tried, the odor lingers. You can try to mask the smell and hope that it makes reading the book bearable. Note that none of the following should be done with a valuable old book as perfumes and chemicals can introduce elements harmful to the book’s paper. A musty or mildew odor might be better than ending with a crumbling book!This is not an approach that will preserve the book. In fact, the below approaches may damage the book if used long-term.If this is something you will try to conserve, you will need to consult a professional.Remove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 92Use fabric softener sheets. These sheets absorb odors from fabric and they can do so for books, too. Try the following:Cut a bunch of sheets into thirds, and put one between every 20 pages or so in the smelly book.Keep the book in a zipper bag a few days, then the musty smell should be gone.This method is good for “preventing” the musty smell of books as well––just put a piece of a fabric softener sheet in every fifth book, or so, on your bookshelf.Remove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 103Cut a small square of fresh, fragrant drawer liner. Place inside of book. You may like to use 2-3 pieces, depending on the size of the book.Place inside a resealable plastic bag. Let sit in a dry spot for a week or two.Check now and then to see if the fresh odor has been transferred to the book. Continue until the book smells better.Remove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 114Use strong essential oil. Add drops of an essential oil like lavender, eucalyptus or tea-tree oil to cotton balls. Place in a resealable plastic bag. Add the book and seal. Remove after a few days. The book should smell like the essential oil. Because of the risk of oil spots, only do this with less valuable books that you want to read, such as moldy-but-useful textbooks.AdPart 5 of 5: Future StorageRemove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 121Check storage areas before storing books. The storage area should be dry, not too hot and not too cold, as cold encourages dampness and heat dries out paper, causing it to crumble. Excessive humidity is bad, so find storage with low humidity or reduce the humidity. Do not place plastic containers in direct sunlight or near heat sources where they may develop condensation, which would drip onto your stored books!Ensure bookcases are not against cold, moldy and damp walls.Check the attic or basement for leaks, mildew and dampness.Check storage facility for bad odors and signs of mildew or dampness before signing up to storage.Remove the Mildew Smell from Books Step 132Use appropriate storage containers.Choose plastic boxes if the storage area is prone to leaks or dampness. Also, add silica gel sachets in case of condensation.Don’t over fill bookshelves. Ensure adequate air circulation between books.Add clear dust jackets. These keep moisture away from book. It’s easier to replace dust jackets than the book cover or its binding.

How do I get rid of the musty smell of old books.

I’ve put them in the sun (indoors) and left them in well-circulated rooms for several days but they still smell kind of musty. What are some easy ways to get rid of the smell?

Sometimes this is a really tough problem. You can try closing the book up in a plastic bin (like Rubbermaid) with some ground coffee for several days. Don’t get the coffee on the book, as the oils may stain, but do open the book, and then fan the pages periodically. If it’s not a valuable book try the commercial spray Febreze, misted lightly while flipping the pages, and try to keep it off the cover. Don’t get the book wet. Good luck.

How do I part with old books I can’t seem to or want to get rid of.

I am moving and need to purge my book collection. I can store some at my Dad’s house, but a lot of them are cookbooks that my Mother, who has Alzheimer’s, collected when she traveled and I am having a hard time letting them go! I honestly don’t regularly look at them and now I want to go through them…

I would keep the cookbooks. If you don’t think you can let them go, then don’t! If you feel like you need to get rid of them because you don’t look at them, then start to look them. If you just can’t start looking at them, it might be time to let go. Also, you can donate them to local Goodwill Centers. Hope this helped!

Where Does “Old Book” Smell Come From. How to Get Rid of It.

I got a really neat book from a garage sale or an auction last year, and I like everything about it besides that very distinct “old book” smell (It was made in 1955). Then I wondered, why does that happen to books? And is there any way to get rid of the smell? Thank you for your (hopefully) honest,…

The book has been in a damp area and absorbed moisture. This is the beginning of mold. Try placing the book in your oven with no heat other than the pilot for a few days to dry it out. If this is not possible, place it outside in the sun when the weather warms up.. You could also seal it in a plastic bag with desiccant to remove the moisture. No guarantee any of these ideas will work. Try them all.

how to get rid of the old book smell.

my school was giving away a lot of old books (published in the 40s/50s/60s) and i took about 20 of them. problem is, the smell old and musty. i want to keep the books because i read through a few pages and they’re interesting enough. any way to get rid of the old book smell? thanks!

Get a Bounce sheet or whatever brand you use for your dryer place a few here and there in between the pages of our new OLD BOOK throw a few more into a plastic shopping bag add the book wrap it up allow o set for about a wek ans poof! No more bad old smells.

Hello. Does anyone know how to get rid of musky odors from old books.

Or is there a way?Thank you!

Hi…Find a big plastic tote…depending on how many books you have…fill a plastic ziplock bag with some coffee either ground or beans either one is fine….poke a couple of holes in the top of the bag and lay it with the books but not on top of the books….lay it beside the books thats why I said get a big plastic tub….you can also use a glass jar to put the coffee in also…just don’t put a lid on it….and let it sit about a week…it will absorb the smell from the books….when I worked for FEMA alot of the Hurricane Katrina victims used this in their refrigerators…works really good….Take Care….

How can we get rid of old books.

We’re trying to clean out the house, and we found a TONNNN of old books, some completely worthless, others in really bad shape, and some pretty darn good. The majority of them tend to be the really really heavy textbooks back in schooldays that teach a lot of grammar and a ton of construction information. Can I…

If they’re in poor shape, recycle them by tearing covers off and putting the paper pages in the recycle bin. If they’re in good shape, donate them. If you have doubts about Goodwill taking them, you can always keep the doubtful ones in a separate box and ask when you drop them off. There are also, often, local book sales that sell all kinds of books annually to raise money. Google “book sale Springfield” or whatever your town or the nearest big town is. Used book sellers might take some though you’re unlikely to get much money for them, if any. One bookstore around here gives a credit for used books to spend in the store.Never underestimate what we book lovers will buy. I have a few books that were used when I was in school, for nostalgia’s sake. Grammar, in spite of what we see written everywhere, is not dead and books about it can still be used. Sometimes books are sent overseas by charities. Last but not least, I used to work in movies and we used enormous quantities of books at times to decorate sets. If we couldn’t rent them, we scoured used book stores for them.

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  2. Dont get rid of them! Those are memories! throw away other books so you can store your mothers cookbooks at your fathers house.

  3. Take the book and place a sheet of newspaper between the pages (need not be every single page, don’t worry!), then seal in a (cassette) tape box (or tupperware container — depending on the size of the book and availability of tape boxes) surrounded by more newspaper which you’ve crumpled into balls for three days. The newspapers absorbs the odor, and is better than using cat litter because the litter gets caught in the pages and spines of the books.

  4. Donate them to your local library. In SF, CA we have a huge sale the money goes back to the library.Try approaching a paper dealer.

  5. Get a scanner and keep them on a computer. If the book is not important enough to scan, it’s not important enough to read, so throw it away. Print is dead.

  6. The name of that particular odor is “musty”, so named because it’s caused by “must” which is a primitive plant life form, related to “rusts”, “molds”, “mildews”, “slimes”, etc. I don’t know of any way to expel the odor without destroying or badly damaging the book — pretty much every page is affected. You could open it and set a fan in front of it, turning the page every couple of hours, and that would probably help some, but unless you spray it with Lysol or similar, the odor will return. Those doddering old fools (myself included, thank you) who love old books don’t really mind the musty aroma — it’s part of the “charm” of old books.

  7. perhaps you are able to desire to be sure if any nursing residences or rec centers on your section would desire to apply them. Or promote them at a backyard sale? the place I artwork we’ve a e book substitute table in our smash room, human beings herald books they do no longer want from now on and that they are unfastened for the taking for all people that desires them. That way many human beings get to get excitement from them. in case you haven’t any longer something like this why no longer start up one?

  8. It helps if it is summer and of course how musty the smell is – place the book with pages open in direct sunlight, but only for 1 or 2 minutes per open page, keep swapping pages, takes a while though.Sprinkle baby powder between the pages and seal it in a plastic bag for about 10 days. Take the book out and shake out the powder.

  9. What FEMA lady said or spray them with an alcohol based perfume spray or air freshener. Has to be aerosol and not watery.

  10. Activated charcoal or baking soda will absorb the smell. Put the book in a cardboard box and fill a container with either baking soda or activated charcoal placing it in the box. Leave it for a week or so and the smell will go away. However, if the old book had mold or mildew spores (look for little black dots), put it out in the heat of the sun or in the dryer on the delicate rack making certain air can circulate all around it. The heat will kill the spores, then work on removing the smell. If the book is a collectable, do not wet it or use fabric softener sheets as you will devalue it. The softener sheets leave a residue which will yellow as does any liquid.

  11. Donate the good ones to hospitals, I also leave books in emergency room waiting areas. I’ve been stuck there for hours at a time and was grateful to find reading material. Libraries may take the educational books, some have yearly sales to get rid of their old ones.

  12. I wish I could provide a more factual response, but this is where I believe the “Old Book” smell derives from…

  13. If you can find some of those packets they put in pill bottles, it’s silica, put it in a container, for a monthe or two.

  14. do not drop them interior the e book go back, because then we are able to objective to song down the owner, figuring he placed it interior the slot with the help of mistake. merely ask the library in the adventure that they take donations. Many libraries have a acquaintances crew that has books sales or a small keep interior the library. There are also many charitable businesses that assemble books to deliver to colleges , deployed defense force etc.

  15. donate the decent ones, but just throw the old ones out. stores like goodwill won’t sell bad condition books

  16. I tried using [used] dryer fabric softener sheets[several in each book-and leave them there as long as possible], it did seem to help, but I soon gave up as there were hundreds of books I needed to treat.

  17. The only thing I can think is from the ink, and since the pages are a byproduct of organic matter, it could also be a bit of organic decomposition. In addition, as the book is exposed to various elements, it does absorb some moisture and get a bit of a musty smell, too.try unused coffee grounds.

  18. Books that are too old or damaged can be recycled.hi try tumble dryer sheets put the books in a plastic bag with a couple of sheets tie the bag up and leave for about a day i read this in a magazine havnt tried it myself so hope it helps you if you try it good luck!

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