How do I clean softcover books?


While tablets keep getting better, they still don’t beat the feeling of reading a real book. However, books can get dirty, dusty, and even harmful. Make sure to clean your books well so they will last longer and look better in your library.

Books will inevitably dust off when you spend a lot of time in a library. That is why it is important to wipe them off at least once a year. For this you need:

  • A soft brush
  • If necessary, a vacuum cleaner with a brush

Carefully removes dust from the spines, front and back, and side edges. Hold the book by its spine and shake it to remove dust from between the pages.

If it has a very thick layer of dust, you can use your vacuum cleaner. Carefully run it through, first over the faces and then along the edges. Remember to brush the vacuum cleaner. If you don’t have it, put it on the lowest setting.

There’s nothing more annoying than opening a book and discovering that it smells bad. This usually happens when the books are kept in damp places. To get rid of this unpleasant odor you will need:

  • A sturdy bag
  • Absorbent cat litter
  • Soft brush

Pour some sand into the bag. Then put the book on top and pour more sand in so that it is completely covered. Let rest for 10 days. Brush the sand well as you remove it.

If the cover of your book is stained or dirty, you can remove it with:

  • Pieces of cotton
  • Isopropyl alcohol

Very lightly dab the cotton swab with alcohol and gently wipe the front, back, and back covers, especially if there is dirt. Avoid lumps of alcohol. Once you’re done, wipe it down with another dry cotton ball, making sure the book isn’t damp. Some books are more fragile than others. Therefore, do not use this method if the copy is badly damaged. If you don’t have cotton, you can use absorbent paper.

It is common for books to have pages with annotations or markups. If you want to delete them, all you need is:

  • A white fluff
  • A soft cloth

Erases in one direction only. When you’re done with one side, use the cloth to remove the remaining eraser. You can put a piece of paper under your hand to avoid staining the page.

Believe it or not, insects like mites, lice, and small worms can get into books. To get rid of them you will need:

  • A rag
  • plastic bags
  • A refrigerator

First, shake off any obvious flaws that are visible to the naked eye. Then put the books in plastic bags and close them very well to prevent air from entering. Then put them in the freezer for a couple of hours. This will kill any eggs or insects that are left.

  • Wash your hands before cleaning. Even if you have it clean, the skin has natural oils that could make the paper dirty.
  • Don’t forget to wipe the shelf before putting the books back.
  • Do not use a wet rag with softcover books. The water could weaken the box and cause it to rot.
  • Do not try to remove old food or drink stains. These generally cannot be removed without damaging the page.
  • Keep your books upright and vertical. This way, your loin will be better preserved.
  • Do not keep your books in damp places. This is the main cause of bad smell in books.
  • Avoid exposing your books to the sun. Ultraviolet rays can be harmful to them.



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