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How To Dry Books

how to remove dried oatmeal from a book.

I found an old hardcover book that had dried oatmeal on the cover and on the pages.. the cover shouldn’t be too hard.. but how to get the oatmeal off without tearing the pages?

scrape off what you can with a blunt knife. use a damp dishcloth to get the oatmeal soft and then wipe it off. You could try a little dish soap on the cloth, if you think the paper and printing will hold up. Don’t get the paper real wet.

how to dry a lot of wet books.

listen, my dad has a lot of books… like A LOT, he is panicking right now we just had a flood like 2 weeks after moving in and the water went right through some boxes and some others stayed dry… but the wet ones (theres LOTS of books, trust me) what do i do with them? ive saved them and seperated them but i dont…

Book repair of wet books is very time consuming and expensive. Talk to your insurance about paying for professional repair.

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How to dry a wet book quickly.

I’m making a prop, and need to make the book old-looking and warped. I added a bit of water every other letter. (Using an old hardcover dictionary) How do I quickly dry it, not using a microwave. I do not care if the pages warp, or the spine is bent or anything like that. I underestimated the dry-time, and need…

Either hair dryer or leaving it near a heat source to dry (not driectly on a heat source though). Either one will take a bit of time, but are relatively quick. Also, if it’s hot where you are, put it outside for a while and let the heat dry it.

Storing books – how to keep dry.

I’m packing away my old highschool yearbooks,and I’m worried about them because the air in my basement is quite moist.The moisture plus darkness sounds like the perfect place for mold to grow,especially if the pages get damp.Is there some sort of material I can wrap my books into absorb the…

I would use construction grade plastic garbage bags to place my boxes as they are very thick as well as add some silica bags to absorb moisture. Your other concern is silver fish as they love to feast on books in that exact environment.cheer

How to dry a wet book.

Hi, I was wondering if there was a way to dry wet books without the pages wrinkling (like the groves forming whenever paper dries in the book).The books I mean aren’t the schoolbooks, but the paperback books you find in the library. It’s just for future reference just in case. And it would be great of the…

I once split a water on my book, I took wax paper and put it on every single page from both sides. Then I just let the book on table. After few days, I took the book( it was dry already) and because of the wax paper, the pages were flat and they didn’t stick together.

How to dry a LOT of wet books.

listen, my dad has a lot of books… like A LOT, he is panicking right now we just had a flood like 2 weeks after moving in and the water went right through some boxes and some others stayed dry… but the wet ones (theres LOTS of books, trust me) what do i do with them? ive saved them and seperated them but i dont…

The problem with putting wet books (or magazines) out to dry is that the pages will stick together.A good trick to dealing with wet books is to put the book in a frost-free freezer. The freezer will suck all the moisture out of the book or magazine.When you take the book or magazine out, scrape off any frost and check to see that they are dry. If not dry yet, put back in freezer. If dry,ruffle the pages, and all of the pages will instantly separate like magic.Of course, the pages will be wrinkled and warped because the paper shrinks.

How Do I dry Out a Book.

I have an expensive book that I need to dry out!HELP!!!!X-X

HOW TO DRY A WET BOOKPrecautionsEnsure Your Safety – If there is a possibility that a wet book was contaminated by sewage or dirty water, do not handle it. Wearing plastic gloves, put affected items in a plastic bag, and notify the Preservation Department. It is more important to ensure your own safety than to save a book!Mold Growth is a concern with wet and damp books and other paper-based materials. Wet and damp books should be dealt with immediately because mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours once materials become wet, or in a warm and very humid environment.Coated Paper – has a shiny or glossy surface, such as the paper in Newsweek Magazine, as well as in many illustrated books and journals. If coated paper gets wet, and pages then dry together, they usually will be permanently stuck together. When air drying books with coated paper, each page must be interleaved with waxed paper.Rare Materials – These procedures are not for rare materials, which should be handled by a professional conservator. See the Disaster Plan, Emergency Resources Outside the University of Delaware Library.————————————–…Air Drying ProceduresFind a space that is as cool and dry as possible, and with good air circulation. Use fans to keep the air circulating in the drying space.When a Book is Saturated -Stand the book on its head with absorbent paper beneath itOpen only the covers slightly to allow the book to stand. If the book cannot stand alone, support it with bookends.Place absorbent paper inside the front and back covers (between the text block and covers)Do not try to separate the pages while they are very wet. Wet paper is very weak and is likely to tear at this stage.Change the absorbent paper undeneath the book, and inside the covers, as soon as it becomes wetTurn the book alternately to rest on its head and tail each time paper is changedWhen most of the water has drained, follow the procedure for a partially wet bookWhen a Book is Partially Wet -Interleave absorbent paper every 20 pages or so, with the interleaving extending beyond the head (or tail) and fore-edge NOTE: Fora damp book with coated paper, interleave between EVERY page with waxed paper.Lay the book flatFrequent changes are better than too many interleaves, which cause further distortion (except that with coated paper, interleaving between every page is necessary even if it causes distortion)Change the interleaving as soon as it becomes wet (depends on conditions, so check progress at least every half hour)When books are only slightly damp, follow the procedure for damp booksWhen a Book is DampStand a damp book on its head or tail, fanned open a little bit, and position a fan so that the flow of air circulates into and around the book.If the covers are damper than the text block, place absorbent paper between themWhen almost but not completely dry, go to the final air drying stepFinal Air Drying StepWhen almost dry, lay the book flatPlace absorbent paper between covers and text blockReform the book into its normal shape if possible, and place a light weight on top of itDo not stack drying books together. Leave the weight in place until the book is completely dry.

How to dry moist books.

I had some books stored in my garden shed. They are not wet, but just moist. How do I get them dry without any damage?

Get a bell jar and a vacuum pump. Put the books in the bell jar and pull a vacuum on it. The low pressure will make the moisture boil off at room temperature. It may take several hours for all the moisture to be extracted.If you don’t want to invest in this equipment, try putting your books in a preheated oven with the temperature set as low as it goes, no more than 160°F. Keep an eye on the books–you don’t want a fire.

how to dry a book.

I got dumb and left a book I was reading on the deck 2 nights ago. We had a torrential downpour yesterday and this book is soaked! It is a paper back book from early 80’s. A/C or Heat is not on so I can’t put it over the vent.

I know the answer to this one. I saw it on television. Take it to a taxidermist. Ask them to freeze-DRY it – just like they do fish and other things. The process takes a few weeks. They just place it in the freeze-dry unit along with all the other stuff they have in there. It won’t come out perfect, but it comes out pretty darn good compared to the alternative.

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30 thoughts on “How To Dry Books

  1. Just use a blow drier and fan the book with it and it will be dried in no time!

  2. Well, you can either let it dry out in the sun or use a hairdryer on it. If it was one of my books I would probably use a hair dryer but I wouldn’t put it on high heat and don’t put it close to the book. The pages will more than likely crinkle up but at least it will be dry.

  3. I microwaved it at medium power in short bursts (about 20 seconds). This way the plastic on the cover didn’t melt and the pages didn’t get a chance to crinkle up. Between bursts I took it out and let it steam, then opened it at a different wet spot and zapped it again. Occasionally I smoothed everything out and left it until it stopped steaming in an attempt to stop it heating up too much. It doesn’t take much heat to make the pages steam and making it too hot seemed dangerous (and increased crinkleness). When it was about 98% dry I put it back under the phone books overnight, so it would cool down and set flat again while it finished drying out.

  4. Open it up and put it under the sun. It might be very difficult, but worth a try…

  5. * Place books in a well ventilated room, and use a fan to speed the drying of the paper, or air the books outside, but not in direct sunlight.try drying it under the sun

  6. I would hang it outside in the sun or somewhere where there is moving air. Unfortunately it will never be the same again.Make sure that all of the paper is straight and then put it under something heavy. This can be tough to get right, but it should get rid of some of the wrinkles. You can also try the cartoon-y blow-dryer method. 🙂

  7. After it is thoroughly dry, and you must make very sure that it is dry, then you can put some heavy weights on top and hopefully you will at least be able to read it again.

  8. What ever you do keep the book aired or else it will go mouldy.

  9. Usually after you get books wet and dry them, they end up wrinkling up – I think it may be unavoidable.

  10. from the Penn State Special Collections Library

  11. If u are not in a hurry, put the book exposed to normal air. After it is dried, it may seem a bit different from the first day. If it is not acceptable to u, then try to iron (dry iron) it page by page. At the end put the book under something heavy, e.g. a pile of heavy books.

  12. It will never be the same, but try a hair dryer. Don’t try to split the pages until the drying has proceeded some, or they will stick and tear. Personally, I would go to and buy another book. A used one is relatively cheap, and usually they’re in good condition.

  13. Hair dryer

  14. put it in front of a fan then you can iron the pages, since the paper is part cotton you can iron them flat but make sure its on the lowest setting

  15. My books are wet from a flood in my basement. How should I dry them out?

  16. Put some silica packets in with the books. You could bag individual books in plastic bags.

  17. Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections from the Library of Congress

  18. Try a blowdryer or a heating vent…I had this happen to me recently with a library book. First I dried it off and pressed it overnight under a huge stack of phone books to flatten it out some, then I microwaved it. I don’t have anywhere warm and dry to put it (’tis autumn and very muggy here now) so air drying is impossible, and this was the only way I could think of. It worked though.sometimes a blow dryer, dries the pages to a crisp but it works. I think you should try a fan first as that distributes the wind more evenly or any vent such as on regular house heating, or behind some refrigerators, even though U might end up still losing some of the pages.

  19. I think – follow the previous bits of advice- but put a very heavy object ontop of it so that the pages don’t get as wrinkled- it is slightly inevitable that they will wrinkle but I would expect- if it were under a large amount of pressure, it would not wrinkle as much

  20. The best inexpensive solution would probably be to stack up the books and apply much pressure to them so that the pages won’t become too wrinkled. Try taking them outside and letting them air-dry while putting something really heavy on them to apply the pressure.

  21. Here are ome recommendations from several special collections libraries. Best of Luck!University of Delaware

  22. I think your best bet is to set them out to dry, in a warm enviorment if you can find one. I would recommend that you go through every once in a while and make sure the pages arnt sticking together. I have never had to do this, i am just trying to help. Good Luck.

  23. I understand that this can be done by putting the book into a frost free refrigerator that will draw the moisture out.

  24. * Wash mildew off moldy shelves with a solution of one cup of chlorine bleach in a gallon of water.

  25. Try a dehydrator.

  26. * Remove books from the room until water leak is under control.* Fan out the pages of each book so that air reaches all of the pages.

  27. * Be sure the shelves are dry before the books are returned to them.

  28. Um…why is this questions in Skin Conditions?!? Anyway, drying books is difficult – contact the library and ask them for ideas – if not done properly, you’ll wind up with a bunch of mildewed messes.

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