How to Remove Mold From Books (and Prevent It From Coming Back)

How to Remove Mold From Books (and Prevent It From Coming Back)

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Given the health risks associated with mold, it’s not something you want in or near your home. Mold can grow on almost anything, including books, due to flooding, humidity, or improper storage.

Health concerns aside, mold can stain the pages of books, causing them to fall apart, and giving them that unmistakable musty smell. Mold can grow on one book and spread quickly to other books if it isn’t removed. Here are some tips to help you spot, remove and prevent mold growth in your books.

What does mold look like on books?

Some of the most common signs of mold growth on books includes:

  • Fuzzy growth (in any color)
  • White, stringy filaments covering porous surfaces
  • Evidence of past water damage
  • Dark spots or stains

Mildew growing on a book can look like a patch of spots, or a layer of flaking powder (usually white, black, or gray) covering the pages of a book, or its surface.

How to remove mold from books

Unfortunately, once mold grows in or on a book, there’s nothing you can do at home to get rid of it entirely, and guarantee that it doesn’t return. According to the American Library Association (ALA), the best thing you can do is to freeze the moldy book(s) (putting them in a sealed freezer bag first), and then rubbing down the moldy spots with alcohol.

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How to prevent mold from growing on books

The key to preventing mold growth on books is keeping them somewhere less-prone to humidity. Avoid basements and closets and store them against the outside wall of your house. You will also need to control humidity in the area where they are stored. To promote air circulation, a fan and a dehumidifier can be used.

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