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« on: July 29, 2013 04:57:00 PM »

I had my crafting books in a canvas bag by the couch and I just noticed that my son had poured some liquid on the bag a while ago. The bottom of the bag was mouldy and a fe of my vintage cross stitch magazines were completely ruined. My copy of the stitch and bitch book (the first one that I learned to knit on way back when it first came out) is almost unreadable and I am thinking I am going to have to toss it, as it smells funny and the colors have bled into each other and a LOT of the pages are stuck together. A couple of my other books are only stuck together on the bottom, so I am going to try to loosed them up and salvage them. I was thinking maybe I could steam the pages open.... Has anyone ever had this happen to them? Is there any way I can save my pattern books?
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2013 07:19:39 PM »

Oh no! That sucks Sad.

I haven't had to deal with this but I found this article that seems to have some good tips...

http://blog.lib.uiowa.edu/preservation/2009/03/05/cleaning-moldy-books-and-magazines/

I hope you can salvage them!
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013 11:39:29 AM »

If moisture is still an issue, or that moist, mould/mildewy scent, then I recommend using kitty litter - this has worked for me in the past with damp books, and also that damp basement smell when we had a jet pump back up.  For books, put them in a container with an open top.  Then get a larger container that can be sealed, and put the kitty litter in that, and nestle the smaller container inside of it.  Cover the larger container and leave it somewhere nice and dry for a week or so - the litter should absorb the odour and help dry out the paper.  If they are mishapened, then you can try clamping them to get them to conform back into a reasonable shape.
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