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  •  any cigarette odor we can smell in the store is (2+ / 0-)
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    weck, Kit RMP

    enough to not buy the item! also musty/mildew smell.

    we have worked out a routine for clearing low-level problems: during hot dry weather, take the problem items out of their containments (i.e. freezer-bags) and outside. we are lucky to have a back "deck" with a roof, so no direct sunlight.

    fan the pages while spraying LIGHTLY, and from about 12" away with plain Lysol disinfectant. then stand the book up with the covers spread enough to keep it standing, so the pages can fan open as they dry. let stand for 6-ish hours, until thoroughly dry, then close and lay flat. weight down with other books or whatever, for at least 12 hours.u

    DO NOT, HOWEVER, TRY THIS WITH HEAVILY ILLUSTRATED TITLES! Photo books have a heavy clay slip on their pages, to hold the images. this clay layer will glue itself together IRREPARABLY if you get it damp!

    repeat the dry-spray-dry-press cycle until the book no longer smells. In some cases you may want to damp down a paper towel and wipe down the inside and outside of the "boards", on older books this is a paper surface on the inside and a cloth surface on the outside.

    As a last resort you MAY even want to use a very small kitchen funnel to direct light spray inside the spine binding.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 09:45:26 PM PDT

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    •  Wow, the books do have a lot of illustration. (1+ / 0-)
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      Kit RMP

      I may just do the outsides, and think about some kind of ultra violet for the inside.  Fortunately, not an emergency!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 08:35:22 AM PDT

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