Books tend to develop mould if they are allowed to get damp for extended periods of time. Mould damage the books by staining them and also breaking down the paper. It is important that books are clean and dry before they are packed. Books that feel damp or have a musty odour should be aired and dried in a well ventilated room. Surface dirt and dust should be removed with a soft brush, outdoors if possible, using a disposable face mask. Mouldy books should be treated by a professional, as mould can cause serious damage to books, and there are health risks associated with inhaling mould spores.
How To Clean Mouldy Books
The success of cleaning mouldy books would depend on the extent of damage. Extensively damaged books would have to be discarded or if possible photocopied and then discarded. If the contamination is limited to the surface then the books could be vacuum cleaned. Clear should be taken to avoid inhaling the mould spores.
How to Handle Mouldy Documents
Mouldy papers can also be vacuum cleaned or photocopied. Individual page documents could also be saved by laminating them.
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