How I Clean Old Books

How to Clean Old Books

Looking at dirty old book on the shelf is not something that people really like to do but it something that people commonly do. This is simply because people are not sure how they should clean their old books without destroying them. Now there is an answer to the commonly asked question, how do people clean their old books without damaging them?

What to Use

The answer is easy, all people have to do is get the proper cleaning supplies. For old hard or leather cover books this means that people should get a white plastic eraser, a soft cloth, glass cleaner, and a soft dust brush vacuum attachment. But if the person is cleaning soft cover books he or she will need to use Absorbene. People should make sure that they get the right products for the different kinds of books because it is important that the correct things are used when cleaning books.

Cleaning Process

Next comes the actual cleaning process. If a person is cleaning a book that has a hard cover the person will need to lay the book down and gently skim the soft dust brush vacuum attachment over the book and the edges of the pages. Then wipe the book using the glass cleaner and soft cloth.

Next, when people clean a soft cover book they should gently roll the Absorbene over the cover of the book, this will bring all the dust off of it. Then simply go over the book with the soft dust vacuum attachment and the book will be all clean.

When a person is cleaning a leather cover book they should use the glass cleaner and the soft cloth. Gently rub the soft cloth that has glass cleaner over the cover of the book making sure that it does not get on the pages. Plus, if there are pages that have pencil marks on them use the dry cleaning pad that will easily bring the pencil markings off. A person may also use the white plastic eraser to gently erase the pencil marking away.

Extra Care

After a person gets their book or books all cleaned up there are a few ways that the person can avoid most any damage to the books. If a person treats their books properly there will be no problem having thirty year old books that look as good as new. Firstly, if a person does not write in their books, cleans the books before putting them on a shelf, and keeps his or her books in a dry, clean place where there is not to much humidity, and cleans the books on a regular bases (every two to three months), there should not be much problem keeping the books in good condition.

Also if a person will also avoid bending pages, folding pages, laying open books down with the pages facing downward, ripping books, and will always be gently with his or her books it will not be hard for the person to keep their books for years to come.

Betsy Cline

Betsy Cline has been a professional house cleaner for 15 years and also a mother of 4 amazing kids (who make lots of messes). She is the founder of How to Clean It and loves to share tips and advice for cleaning up anything life throws at you.

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