Caring for Your Books

Caring for Your Books
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Book shelves shouldn't be placed or built near heating vents or radiators. They also shouldn't be exposed to bright sun. Both of these will fade bindings and warp the covers.
Don't crowd books onto the shelves. The bindings can break apart easily from the pressure of being jammed too tightly together. Covers can also be scratched and dust jackets ripped by doing this.

Store books upright whenever possible. Leaning strains the bindings. Use bookends on partially filled shelves. Books that are oversized and too large to put upright on shelves should be laid flat, never on their side.

Use the special crevice nozzle on the vacuum cleaner for removing dust from books. Or, wipe the books carefully with soft clean cloth. Remove all dust from the shelves before replacing books. If a book becomes wet do not place it near a heat source but instead place clean white blotting paper on each side of the wet page and press with a warm flat iron. The leaves will not warp or wrinkle.

To clean leather books never use mineral oil. Use lanolin or caster oil and rub along the back of the binding with your hand, then rub dry.

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Brenda Hyde is a married, mom to three who lives in the Midwest United States. She is also a freelance writer, editor and owner of Old Fashioned Living.

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About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.

 
 

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