Guidance on How to Organize and Clean Books

By: rhusain
Your Living room is the place where your family gathers together and where you entertain your friends. The way the people see your living room, that's how they also see your personality.

It is important to have the guidance on how to clean the books in a perfect way. As some books are too old or to delicate to be clean in a normal way. Here are some tips that you can use to clean the books.

YOUR BOOKS should stand upright, not slumped over on partly filled shelves, but not packed so tightly that they cannot be taken out without a struggle. Books that slump, or have to be wrestled out of their places suffer broken spines and damaged bindings. If there are not enough books to fill a shelf completely, use a library bracket to hold the line. Large books and music can be stacked flat. Preferably arrange your books near the front edge of the shelf so that they are easily accessible and so that air can circulate around them.

IN DUSTING BOOKSHELVES AND BOOKS never bang the volumes together to get rid of dust. Use the dusting brush of your vacuum cleaner or a soft clean paintbrush, working outward from the spine of the book.

FINE LEATHER BINDINGS should be protected every year or so against damage caused by drying by applications of a suitable oil or leather conditioner. For bindings in good condition pure neat's foot oil or castor oil are excellent. Neat's foot oil leaves a dull finish, castor oil imparts a gloss. Sometimes a half-and-half mixture is used, or saddle soap which both cleans and lubricates. More elaborate mixtures, containing Japan wax and sodium stearate are sometimes made, but simple ones will do for the few leather bindings usually found in home libraries.

DO NOT LET THE OIL TOUCH PAPER or cloth portions of the book. Rub the oil in a little at a time with your fingertips, or with a small swab of cheesecloth, chamois or felt. After applying the oil let the books stand for several hours to allow it to penetrate the leather, then repeat the application until no more is absorbed. A final polishing can be given with a clean soft cloth or chamois leather. For added sheen rub in a little castor oil and give the binding a final polish. Leather-bound books and any other articles made of leather suffer damage from crumbling and cracking if they are not oiled occasionally. The treatment takes a little time but it does protect the bindings against damage caused by loss of oil.

VERY OLD AND CRUMBLING BINDINGS sometimes are sprayed with a coating of acrylic lacquer, available for easy application in aerosol cans. This gives them a protective coating and prolongs their life. Rub the rough spots smooth with very fine emery cloth, or crocus cloth, and oil the leather first if this seems desirable. Spray on a thin coating of the lacquer, let it dry, and then apply a second coating. Books cannot be oiled after they have been lacquered.

IF BOOKS BECOME MILDEWED, due to dampness, close the windows and dry the room out with an electric or other type of heater. Wipe the mildew from bindings and pages with a soft cloth, or with a cloth slightly dampened with alcohol, and leave the pages open fanwise to dry.

Aside from being the room most likely to have a fireplace, your living room is important because it keynotes your home and tells so much about you. In pictures and books it reveals your taste and personality and the interests and hobbies of members of your family. This is the haven your family seeks after the stresses of the day. This is where you entertain your friends. Books, pictures, lamps, and bric-a-brac require care, which, though simple, should be very correct if they are to be kept in good condition. Organize your books stand upright and arrange your books near the front edge of the shelf. Dust your bookshelves and books with vacuum cleaner or soft clean paintbrush. Put some oil on the leather binding books to maintain the leather condition. When you put the oil on the leather binding, make sure that it doesn't touch the paper. Spray a coating or acrylic lacquer on a very old and crumbling binding to protect their coatings.
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