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How can you save a wet book?


What to do with a damp (wet) book?

A wet book needs to be dried immediately so that mold and fungal spores do not begin to develop on it. We lay filter paper between its pages or sprinkle them with talc, chalk, starch and in such a place we put it under the load. The desiccant used should be changed regularly until it becomes

slightly moistened. After the filter paper or hygroscopic powder has absorbed a large hour + moisture (i.e. the book is almost dry), we will open the book block fan-shaped and, placing the book on the bottom edge, dry it at room temperature. It is advisable to finish brochures or individual book notebooks that have fallen out of the block by hanging them on a rope. It is advisable that direct sunlight do not fall on the pages of the book. Do not dry books on radiators, on table lamps, etc. You can speed up the drying process with a hairdryer or a stream of air coming out of the vacuum cleaner.

The liner or filter paper used to dry wet books can be reused after it has dried.

Without overdrying the sheets of the book, lay them again with filter or hygroscopic cushioning paper, iron the sheets through two layers of clean hygroscopic paper with a not very hot iron (in the “synthetics” mode) until completely dry, or place the book under the press to avoid its deformation. On such books, mold may subsequently appear, so they need to be watched for some time.

Particular care should be taken when saving drenched books printed on coated paper. If sticky sheets are found during a preview of a wet book, then you should try to glue them up, carefully bending to one side or the other. If you cannot separate the sheets this way, hold them above the steam. You can also use a thin plastic or bone plate to separate the sheets from each other.

Water, which helped us with the dry cleaning of books, accidentally falling onto the pages of a book after drying wet places, spoils the appearance of the pages. In those places where the penetration of moisture has stopped, after drying, no matter how clean and new the book is, a dirty halo remains. You can get rid of such unwanted “jewelry” in the following way. Try to wash the affected sheets of the whole book in soapy warm water, followed by

bathing them in a solution of sodium hyposulfite (1 teaspoon in 1 glass of water). Treatment with various whitening compositions, for example, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, oxidants based on potassium permanganate, etc. will also help. followed by mandatory washing in running water.

Method 1 If the book is a little wet

  1. 1 Shake the liquid from the book by carefully removing it from the puddle.
  2. 2 Gently pat the affected pages with a soft towel (not paper).
  3. 3 Check how wet the book is. If a certain part of the book remains dry, then insert something between it and the wet part so that the liquid does not soak the entire book. Then proceed to the next step.
  4. 4 Turn on the iron. Set it to the most gentle mode (suitable for silk, for example), wait until it warms up. Turn off the steam.
  5. 5 Put the book on the ironing board and gently open and separate the wet page from the rest. Try not to tear it.
  6. save a wet book 6 Take a piece of absorbent paper, such as a paper towel or toilet paper, and place it on a damp page.
  7. save a wet book 7 Pass the paper through the fabric with a warm iron, moving it from side to side. To make the page smooth evenly, hold the iron down firmly, then lift it. Iron left and right, then repeat again.
  8. 8 Check how dry a piece of paper is. Repeat the previous step until the leaf is completely dry.
  9. save a wet book 9 Do this with all the wet pages of a book. For each page, take new sheets of absorbent paper.

Method 2 If the book is completely wet

Imagine a book falling into a river, lake or sea. If she is completely wet, do not despair. You can still save her!

  1. save a wet book 1 Try to pull out the book while it is still afloat. Take out the book carefully so as not to tear wet pages.
  2. 2 If the book is all wet, then do the method described above with it. Even if the cover is wet, then set the book aside for a while on a clean and even surface in a warm place. Let it be a deck, a balcony, a car hood or a concrete floor - the main thing is that the place is warm and illuminated by the sun, and also make sure that no one picks up a book.
  3. save a wet book 3 Try to determine the degree of damage to the book. Open the pages. If you see the text of the next page through the previous, then do not even try to separate the pages.
  4. save a wet book 4 Periodically turn over the sticky wet parts of the book so that they gradually dry.
  5. 5 If the pages are already dry enough, but still wet in places, then remove the moisture in the first way.

Method 4 Make Rabbit Ears

This method allows air to circulate between wet pages and also prevents adhesion.

  1. 1 Fold a 2-3 cm corner on a wet page. Try not to push into the bend.
  2. 2 You can bend corners through the page.
  3. 3 If the page is very wet, then you can bend the "ears" both above and below.
  4. 4 Leave to dry.