How To Protect Books From Humidity

How do you protect your doujinshi.

I’ve bought a couple of doujinshi and would like to know the best way to protect and store them.

Did you buy the digital format or the comic/mag book form. If you bought the book format, treat it like a comic book. Many people store them in the comiccook protective bacgs with seal. I have a humidity controlled shelve for my comics, manga, library of classic books. I treal them as any archivist or libraian would store them. Keep them away from direct sunlight, fades the color just as with paintings, and magazines. Keep them in a cool dry place, Keeps them from getting mold. Store them in a place where they won’t get the edges bent or crinckle the edges of the paper. I prefer the shelves with adjustible book-ends. I added a plexiglass front-guard (it’s like a cabinet door) cause I have kids.Now if you are talking about protecting them from a wife/or husband/kids…now thats something far more complicated. Mine I had to store in false bookcovers. This served two things. It protects the original cover while adding edge protection from crinckles, but it also kept her from exploring my doujin/doujinshi collection and throwing them out like she did when we first got together.Basically, store them as you would any book in a library. I keep the rare, and collectible series in the shelf/cabinet I made since i have a locking system on it. For the series I share with my friends and kids, I just put on the shelves in plastic comicbook covers, I lable the covers with summaries, and discriptions of each, but thats just me cause I forget some of them since I have a huge collection.

What material can I use to protect my wood vanity.

The furniture in my room is all finished, polished wood. I leave my hair & make up products on my vanity and my mom does not want the wood to be ruined so she wants me to put some kind of protective material on it to cover the wood surface. I’ve already tried this sticky, holey cover up but that didn’t work…

Most bathroom vanities are wood and while this versatile material is commonly used in the bathroom, it’s important to learn how to take care of it properly. By taking the necessary steps to protect your bathroom wood vanities, you can ensure that your vanity will last for years.When weather is very dry, moisture will evaporate from your hard wood and the furniture will shrink a bit as a result. Your bathroom wood vanities will have the opposite reaction and expand a bit due to the humidity in your bathroom. These natural changes should not affect the quality of your bathroom wood as long as you make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated to allow the wood to dry. Tips for cleaning your vanity include:Mild non-alkaline soap and water solution is fine to clean your hard wood furniture. Pretest the solution on an out of sight section to make sure it doesn’t damage the finish before you proceed. Dry immediately after you clean with a soft cloth.* Wood cleaner and wax can benefit your bathroom wood vanities if they are not urethane-finished. Wax on urethane-finished surfaces will only collect dust, not repel it.* Water spots are common on bathroom wood vanities. You can remove these spots by covering the stain with a clean blotter and pressing a warm iron to the blotter. Home remedies for water spots include buffing the stain with salad oil, mayonnaise or white toothpaste. Wipe your vanity dry and then wax or polish. Protect the finish of your vanity by testing an out of sight section of your vanity before you apply any cleaner to the outside.Chances are that you’ll use your bathroom wood vanity every day. Whether you have an antique, rustic, or modern vanity, taking care of your vanity will ensure that it continues to be a lovely addition to your home despite daily use.

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What is the best way to preserve an old book.

I have a rare book. It is only 65 years old, but it’s getting older yearly. How do I preserve it best?

Though the first answerer is correct in that professional services are the best way to preserve your book, this can be expensive. You can take basic preservation measures at home without professional guidance.First, you should keep the book in a climate controlled area. Try to protect it from high and low humidity; they both have various detrimental effects. Temperature fluctuations can also increase wear on the book and should be avoided. During the summer storage in an air conditioned room is ideal. During the winter try to keep it away from heating vents or other areas where heat is concentrated and the air is dry.Storing it in an archival quality box will also help because direct light is a big contributor to decay, as is dust. Gaylord sells some excellent boxes (listed in the sources below), though you can buy from many different places. Just be sure the box isn’t made with acidic materials.Finally, when you read the book make sure the covers are fully supported. It is best never to open the book flat, as this breaks the bindings. Keep in mind that the more handling occurs, the faster the book will wear (though I’m sure you already knew that!).I am an archivist and following these measures help us keep our books in good shape. I hope they also help you.

How long could I expect my paperback books to last if I take really good care of

..using gloves when reading and not taking them outside.

You would need to protect them from the air to keep the pages from turning yellow. You’d have to put them in a bookcase with doors on it, in a room kept dry/low humidity.In that case, they could last for 100 years or more.Paperbacks are made more cheaply than hardcovers, so maybe they wouldn’t last for hundreds of years. On the other hand, paper pamphlets from the 1600s still exist, and no one took perfect care of them.

How do I care for my 87-year-old book.

I just got an old book from 1920 and want to read it. It’s actually in very good condition but I want to make sure it stays that way. Should I worry about the oils from my hands getting on the paper, and if so, should I maybe wear some kind of gloves while reading it (which I’d actually be willing to do)?…

to keep it in good conditon, if it is already in good conditon, avoid extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, high humidity, and pests such as book beetles. You can place the book in a cedar chest, or on a bookshelf lined with cedar to protect it from pests. If you live in a humid area you may want to consider investing in a dehumidifier. If the paper is browning and brittle you may want to follow the advice of a previous poster who suggested a page turner, and some acid free archivist paper. You should not need to wear gloves, and storing in plastic wrap might cause more harm than good if you trap moisture in there.

book experts help…

My book got wet an moldy somehow, is there a way to save it or is it trash now??? **sob**

SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BOOKSAcidic materials used in modern book production mean signs of decay such as yellowing paper are inevitable. However do not despair, there is plenty you can do to help slow such processes down and avoid other forms of damage. The advice below should help you keep your books in the best possible condition for you and future generations to enjoy.Light – All light contributes to paper decay and faded, rotting spines, but daylight is the worst offender. Protect your books by never storing them in direct sunlight and pull blinds when you are not in the room.Temperature – Heat increases the rate at which chemical reactions occur but too little heat can cause damp and mould. Try and store your books at a temperature between 60-70’F.Humidity – If your home is well sealed from draughts and centrally heated you will need to ensure that the atmosphere does not get too dry – try putting saucers of water above radiators and see how fast it evaporates. If the atmosphere is too dry, covers, especially of leather, will crack and paper becomes brittle. Conversely if it is too damp you may well get mould and pest infestations so avoid both these conditions – they are not good for you either!Pests – Bookworms are the larvae of various beetles and they, like silverfish and cockroaches, love the starches, glues and gelatine found in the spines of books. Look out for signs such as little piles of brown dust (bookworm excreta) when cleaning and consult an expert immediately if you find anything. Silverfish and book lice only thrive in damp conditions. Mice and rats enjoy eating books so keep them away. The same goes for young children and puppies!Storage – Do not keep books in attics (too hot and dry), cellars (too damp), and outhouses (possibly damp and open house for pests).Shelving – Should be strong enough not to sag (if a shelf does sag, prop it up in the middle with a block of wood). Avoid placing shelves against an outside wall as this is more likely to be damp (or leave a good 1″ gap between them and the wall) and do keep them away from radiators. There should be plenty of ventilation around books (stagnant air encourages mould) so it is best to position shelves just short of the back wall of the bookcase so air can circulate from top to bottom behind as well as in front. Do not push books right to the back of the shelf for the same reason. Keep surfaces smooth and do not use bookends with metal inserts to go under books as this will abrade the bindings. Adjustable shelves are most convenient as you should store your books upright and keep them close to each other in size (a very large book stored next to small ones will suffer strain as only a small part of it is supported). Use solid bookends to keep books upright and closely packed but not so tight that they are under pressure and difficult to remove. Store very large books flat but do not place others on top as you could damage the spines.Handling books – When removing from the shelf do not take hold of the books by the top of the spine or pinch the sides with your fingers as either could damage the binding. Instead push the books beside the one you want back so that you can take hold of the sides properly, or if you can reach to the back push the book out from there. Always support large books with both hands as you remove them and keep them supported when in use. Do not mark places in books as follows; by using a pair of glasses, for example, as this can strain the spine and leave dents in the pages; by turning down page corners as you allow dust to creep in easily and damage the paper fibres on the fold; by leaving the book face down or up as this strains the spine and could crack it. Do not use rubber bands to hold a book together as the rubber will in time deteriorate and stick to the book. Instead tie a wide strip of cotton cloth around the book. If you have a very damaged book, put it in a box for safekeeping until you decide what you want to do with it. Long term storage should be in acid free boxes or folders. Do not use paperclips, staples and pins as these often rust and leave indelible stains. Do not press flowers in books as this stains the paper. Do not store cuttings etc in books as this puts strain on the spine and splits it. Newspaper is especially acidic and will cause damage to adjacent pages. Never use sellotape or any kind of pressure sensitive tape as it is almost impossible to remove and stains the paper badly. Post-it notes leave a residue which attracts dust and the acid content in them could migrate into the book pages.Cleaning – Gives you the opportunity to inspect your books for any signs of pests or atmospheric damage. Dust top edges by brushing from spine outwards using a soft brush and holding book firmly so that dust does not simply fall into the book. You can use a mini hoover with brush attachment for this but it is best to line the nozzle behind the brush with muslin so that if bits of book did get sucked up you can easily retrieve them.If in doubt or requiring further information regarding for example leather dressing, always consult an expert. Either your binder or the conservation studio of the local public records office will be able to help with minor queries or with major infestations and disasters such as floods.

How to preserve books in such a situation .

ok,now i have got my very own personal library. i have a serious problem now that my books are having growing yellow spots on them from all three sides(obviously these spots are increasing to inside pages) and when i put other books beside them they also get infected.can anyone help ridding up this bizarre…

This sounds like a mould or mildew problem if it is starting externally and spreading inwards.Firstly you need to dry out the books – strong sunlight will dry the books and destroy mould BUT it also fades books covers (and may speed up chemical reactions in the paper) so this is an emergency solution only.If the mildew is powdery (you can brush it off) vacuum the books. With an ordinary vacuum cleaner you will need to do this outside so that you are not spreading spores back into the air.Now clean the room you keep the books in. Vacuuming, washing surfaces with a mild bleach or peroxide solution, rinse and dry them. Make sure the room is dry and aired before you put the books back.And for preventionBooks need to be stored in a room with no more than 50% humidity (use a dehumidifier if the room is damp but you don’t want the room too dry either)Don’t shelf books against external walls and preferably not in the same rooms as plantsKeep the room cool – the colder the room the less mould activity there will be.Circulate the air (ie open the windows and doors from time to time!)And keep your eyes open for any future out breaks so you can remove and treat the book before it spreads.There is not much you can do to remove the existing stains as trying to do causes other damage.Best wishes

how to perserve a hardback book.

How do you protect a hardback book from damage

Always store it upright (the way it would be displayed in a library) or flat. Never store it on its spine or with the spine pointing up. Keep it on a shelf, away from any possible contact with food, water, or other contaminants. Dust it regularly. If you really want to protect it, purchase some archival quality acid-free polyurethane bags. (You can buy them at a comic book shop.) You could also store it in a glass case.When you read it, remove the dust jacket if there is one and keep it in a safe place. Handle it carefully: do not “break” the spine, but rather open it gently without pulling it all the way open. There are actually wooden book holders you can get to allow you to read comfortably without breaking the spine. If you are super paranoid about this book, only touch it wearing archival quality acid free cotton gloves.Do not allow children or animals near your book. Do not lend it to anyone, ever. Do not keep it where sunlight will fall on it. Do not store it in a humid place. If humidity is an issue, purchase a dehumidifier.If you’re really crazy about this book, have a pressurized, low-oxygen environment built for it. That should make it last pretty long.

How do I protect a book which in a shadowbox with a glass front from heat and humidity.

Use a desiccant to mitigate humidity.Heat? Just how hot is it going to get? I’d wager that temperature is a much smaller factor than moisture, UV damage, or out gassing from the box.(UV glass isn’t cheaper than salt)

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28 thoughts on “How To Protect Books From Humidity

  1. Go to the camera store and get a large enough mylar cover. Seal the book in it after removing as much air as you can. While plastic is good for some things, mylar is better. If you seal anything in plastic that you want to save, because of its compostion you will still get age spots. Sealed in mylar you won’t. Which is why coin dealers seal almost all of their coins in mylar containers. The same can be said to use for magazines or comic books you want to preserve.

  2. For the best answers, search on this site your local library and see if they have someone you can contact. If that’s not an option, or they don’t have anyone, try a museum. In Pennsylvania (where I live) the Pennsylvania State Library, does preserve books from the 1700’s and 1800’s. You might find something like that in your area/state

  3. I wouldnt worry so much about oils as I would acid in the paper. Old paper is very acidy which is why it turns brown. You can go to an art supply store and get some special tissues that you put inside a book that draws the acid out so it won’t get browner. Ask someone about archival materials. Then read it very carefully. If it is very delicate, you can get a thing called a page turner which is like a spatula that turns the pages without your fingers touching them. I think you might have seen one used in Da Vinci Code movie. I often read very old books. I own a sterling silver and ivory page turner – Art Nouveau. I use it if the book is very delicate. Pax- C

  4. Books published between 1930 and 1970 were often printed on high-acid paper. These books will self-destruct in time and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. The Library of Congress has even acknowledged that and they are copying books of that period in an effort to preserve them on better paper.

  5. RE:I’m not an expert, but here’s what I did. Page, by page, put plastic backed blotter paper between first page and second page, and gently blot with bleach soaked cotton rag to kill the mold. I did this with an electric heater fan blowing on my desk, while I worked. Then place blotter paper or several layers of paper towel between every page and place a heavy weight on top of the whole thing. Leave it overnight.

  6. I think you need to contact a professtional. Books are made of different types of paper, and that changes thru time.

  7. They cal last for well over a hundred years if you take care of them. Mine barely last a few years because I read then so often though. If you take good care of them you can expect them to last a very long time. You don;t need to wear gloves, or avoid taking them outside, just be gentle with then and avoid bending the covers.

  8. Here are literally thousands of organized woodworking projects in a members area and all you have to do is get them off your computer any time you want. Go here book will never be the same, it will remain slightly wrinkled and brittle. You could maybe put a very small amount of mineral oil on the cloth with the bleach. I didn’t try that. It had better be a very precious book, because this is very time consuming. If it is valuable as well as precious, contact a book restorer.

  9. This Site Might Help You.The garage is a terrible place for books. For now, I would put them in plastic bags and see what crawls out. Eventually the lack of oxygen should kill them. Books need to be kept in a cool but dry environment. Bring them inside as soon as you feel its safe. Pax – C

  10. In all honesty now that so much time has passed and his wife is in France skiing and now once again WEARING her huge rock of a wedding ring and he is somewhere in hiding going through dental surgery and plastic surgery I have began to have perhaps a bit of second thoughts about how the situation went down. You have to remember that Elin knew about these women for months before all the mess went down and it doesn’t matter if a woman “batters or abuses a man” or vice verse….it isn’t right. He was so badly beaten that he is requiring extensive surgery. If it had been any other regular Joe Blow she would have been charged with domestic violence because that is simply the way the law goes. None of us can say how he feels about himself and I think what he is going through is going to be a huge test upon his manhood and vanity because none of us know the true extent of the damage of what was done to him that night. I’m not saying that what he did was right, but I am totally against violence in any way shape or form. I was on the receiving end and it was ugly and hurtful. He truthfully does want to work the situation out but the media keeps adding in bits and pieces that are 9 times out of 10 false and it’s complicating the process for him worse. I wish he and his wife could get together in private, decide what is right, leave the public alone, love their kids and themselves and figure out where to go from their. He is going to have to “humble” himself a lot. Apparently his “ego” had gotten too big for himself if he thought he could have any woman he stumbled upon…and none of them were “great catches”. He was hooking up with pancakes waitresses and party girls…he had a lovely wife at home who had given him two lovely kids. I pray this is a wake up call for Tiger. You also have to remember that he was raised in a household where he lived with a Father who was a “cheater” and that may have affected him. Hopefully now that he realizes that he will be able to work through those feelings too. It is time for him to break the cycle so his children can live a normal life. Happy 2010!!!

  11. Sealing it in an airtight container can help keep it from decomposing as fast. Keep them in a safe environment (moderate humidity, clean air, good circulation, no harsh lighting) Closed shelving is also good to keep out dust, and make sure that the books are placed on the shelf properly with the spines straight.

  12. There are thousands of plans so decide which one you are going to tackle next. The choice is yours to make so just click on the proper button for the specific project and then they are right there for you to pick one. The diagrams and instructions will be right there in the computer for you to access at any time or if you prefer you can print them out.

  13. When the edges of my sewing machine manual got moldy, I took it to a copy machine. I used plastic to protect the screen, and simply copied each page. The copied pages are clean and easy to use, and have a decorative speckled edge. I have placed them in plastic protectors in a notebook now, so I won’t have this problem again.

  14. A long long time. Though, my personal opinion is that books are meant to be enjoyed and the more used they look the better they are

  15. Dry away with a low speed heat with your hair dryer at a distance of more than 15 cms away from the book. If possible dry under sunlight. Sunlight also helps toget rid of any fungus buildup.[DELDUP()]1

  16. I have a rare book. It is only 65 years old, but it’s getting older yearly. How do I preserve it best?

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