Course 9-101?


Dear Sophia and classmates,

I was reading course 9-102; Treat a Moldy book and it refers to course 9-101.

“If your book is actually wet that is a different problem. See Course 9-101.”

However, I can’t seem to find it… Thank you for the help.


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Carlijn Bakker Posted by (Questions: 15, Answers: 16)
Asked on May 26, 2022 3:08 am
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I see that I started creating a course and didn't finish it yet. Here is what I had so far. Thanks for the reminder to finish this!

9-101 How to dry a wet book:

This procedure is appropriate for handling wet books. Ideally, wet books should be freeze dried then treated. This procedure outlines what to do when the book is not totally soaked and/or freezing is not practical. Wet books that dry closed, or are not treated within six hours of becoming wet, will almost always need to be discarded. The blocking agent used in processing paper acts as an adhesive when wet. The book will probably dry as a solid block.

Suggested Equipment & Supplies:

Book press
Press boards
Paper towels
Blotter paper

Using blotter paper or paper towels, blot as much water from the book as possible. Be careful not to rub either the cover or the wet pages.
Stand the book on its tail and fan open the pages. If possible dry the book in this position in the sunlight or with the use of a fan. Alternatively, dry the book away from a direct heat source, but in a warm dry area. The more quickly the book dries the less cockling (rippling) will occur.
If after drying the cover is warped, place the book between two press boards and place in a book press for several days.
In all likelihood a wet book that has been air dried will never look as good as it once did.

Note that books with clay-coated paper may not be able to be saved at all because of the clay coating sticking together.


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Answered on May 26, 2022 10:21 am
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    Thank you so much. Very clear. I am just wondering if you might cover fire damage in the new courses too? So we have all the elements covered. ;)

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    Carlijn Bakker Posted by (Questions: 15, Answers: 16)
    Answered on May 27, 2022 9:17 am
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      Great idea. All the emergencies. I see I have a lot of work to do!!

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      Posted by (Questions: 1, Answers: 229)
      Answered on May 27, 2022 9:53 am