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How to Get Rid of Water Damage to Books

After the flood waters recede homeowners are left with the task of restoring or trashing their belongings, including books. Books that are not removed from standing water and allowed to dry out properly will become the ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Use white absorbent paper in place of paper towel to remove moisture.

Things You Will Need

  • Kitchen sponge
  • Towel
  • Paper towel
  • Weight

After the flood waters recede homeowners are left with the task of restoring or trashing their belongings, including books.  Books that are not removed from standing water and allowed to dry out properly will become the ideal breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Improper drying techniques will also cause permanent damage to your favorite novel or the family‚Äôs Bible.  Restore your water damaged books without the need for special equipment or professional intervention.

  1. Remove the books immediately from the standing water. If the water was dirty or soiled, gently rinse the books with cool tap water and wipe away any dirt, grime or debris with a kitchen sponge.
  2. Lay the book on its side on a towel and carefully lift the cover. Set a piece of paper towel between the cover and the first page.
  3. Separate the book every 15 to 20 pages and insert a single sheet of paper towel. Lift the pages carefully to prevent ripping or damage to the binding.
  4. Allow the book to remain on the towel in a cool, dry place. Monitor the book and replace the paper towels when they become soaked.
  5. Set a weight on top of the book once it is completely dry and becomes cool to the touch. The weight will help remove any remaining water and prevent the pages from curling.
  6. Tip

    Wrap any books that cannot be dried out with this method immediately in plastic wrap and store them in the freezer. The cool temperature prevents mold growth and preserves the books to be restored at a later date.

Things You Will Need

  • Kitchen sponge
  • Towel
  • Paper towel
  • Weight

About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.

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