How to Remove Water Damage to a Book?

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Remove water damage from a book by placing paper towels between the pages and allowing the book to dry out in a well-ventilated space. You need paper towels, fans, clean water and baking soda to restore the book. The process may take several days, depending upon the amount of water damage.

  1. Clean the book, and place paper towels between the pages

    Remove any dirt or debris from the book by carefully rinsing the pages with clean water. Gingerly separate a few of the pages, inserting paper towels between them. Do this for every 20 to 50 pages.

  2. Place the book in a well-ventilated area

    Place the opened book in a dry room with good air circulation. Use fans to increase the circulation of the air and to speed up drying time. If this can't be done immediately, place the book in a sealed bag in the freezer until you have an opportunity to complete the restoration.

  3. Use baking soda to remove any odors

    Once the book is dry, place it in a sealed container with a box of baking soda. Make sure the book does not touch the baking soda. The baking soda removes any odors from the book. Check the book every few days for the presence of mold.