Packing slightly damp books for storage
April 24, 2007 5:18 PM Subscribe
I'm planning on storing a large amount of (very slightly damp) books. Advice required.
posted by fire&wings to sports, hobbies, & recreation (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking to put around 150 large format/hardback books and 250-300 paperbacks into storage. The books have been in a slightly damp environment but the majority are not badly damaged. The cheap ones have wrinkled slightly but most are normal or close to normal. They have no great value but I'd like to keep them as nice as possible.
My plan is to lay them out in a dry environment for 24hrs then pack them into cardboard boxes with the covers facing upwards. To me this would offer the best chance of keeping the pages straight and would minimise any bending or buckling that packing them with the spine facing upwards (or other methods) might cause. The books will be stored in boxes in a normal environment after this.
Any advice is welcome on how to best combat/resolve the dampness. Is silica gel an option? Any other tips? As I say they are just showing the first signs of dampness - I want to make sure it won't get any worse. Thanks.