I was given a pile of LPs that were similarly leaked-upon. The worst-warped jackets got tossed. The
records were actually all in very good shape. Many were not my taste and were long ago given away.
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From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2006 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Baking books?
> Tom Fine wrote:
>> This is a little OT, but I figure with a list of preservation experts, someone might know the
>> answer. Is it OK to bake a damp/musty-smelling hardcover book to dry it out? If so, is the "warm"
>> (about 130-150 degrees) setting in a conventional oven OK? If not, what's the recommended what to
>> dry it out. I bought some used books that had obviously been in the kind of basement that invites
>> sticky-shed with tapes. I can read 'em as is, but I'd sure like to be rid of that musty smell and
>> damp feeling to the pages. These books are non-valuable ($1 each), so I don't care if they get a
>> little warped, just want them intact to read (ie don't want to ruin the binding).
> The question may be varied to keep it on topic: What does one do with LP covers which have
> acquired mold? The question is not academic for me, but it is historic. Several decades back, I
> discovered half a shelf of LPs which had 'benefited' from a small leak. I did sun-dry the jackets,
> but the aroma (and spores?) would not yield so easily.
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