How to Treat a Moldy Book
Treating a moldy book requires great care because some molds can be very harmful if you breathe in even small quantities.
- Detect Mold
- Question the Value of your Book
- Stop Mold from Growing
- A Note on Wet Books
- How to “Remove” Mold
- Tools and Materials to Treat a Moldy Book
- One Story about a Moldy Book
What's in Store for Vintage Book Owners/SellersI wished I'd found this course a few years ago, when scrolling online for different remedies, Youtube vids, seller tips in FB seller groups for resellers. I tried cat litter, charcoal, sunshine, sprayed, storage bin, wiping down, etc. I thought there should be a book mini vac. I bought a mini vac for keyboard from eBay not specifically for book cleaning, but nonetheless, the vac didn't work anyway. Great practical tips learned in this mini class. I could've rehabbed a lot of books better and faster, and not given up and trashed or donated because of the musky, mildew odor. Good tips for overall leather cleaning. I once had a vintage bicycle bag/satchel made of leather. I left it in a spare room that had captured cold air during winter months. Found the bag near a wall, and the bag was spotted with white patches of mold, had started spotting from the bag to the wall. I used a bleach spray on the wall, and tossed the bag out after wiping off with paper towel--not sure what to do about underlying microorganism since bleach/chemicals couldn't be used on the tanned leather without discoloration and damage, and there was that mildew aroma. So I tossed the bag in the garbage as a bust, so it wouldn't get on nearby books.