What a tremendous site! Thank you. It will be a while before I seriously get into repair but glad to know this resource exists.
I have two unrelated questions so I’ll post them separately. I am getting started on the annual cleaning of my library and wondered if you have any efficiency tips. I have close to 4000 books (dating from 1840s on) and few of my selves are enclosed. As we live on a farm, the biggest problem is dust/pollen.
For a run-of-the mill book I use a hand-held vac with a brush attachment to clean the head, tail, and fore-edge. Depending on the cover material and other considerations, I use either the dust-buster, or a cotton cloth to wipe the cover and spine.
For valuable/fragile books I use my book brush– which is really an artists’ brush for sweeping away charcoal (I think; It’s very soft) to dust the head, etc. and either the cloth or brush on the cover.
As the books are re-shelved I give each a good flip through. I figure they need some fresh air!
Does this sound right to you? And is there anything else I should be doing? Thanks!
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