Aileen asked: I have some cookbooks that got wet from a leaking waste pipe in my house. I’m concerned about possible bacteria in and on the books. The books have varying degrees of wetness. On some, just the cover got wet, and on others, the pages got wet too. Is there any way that I can sanitize them so that I can still use them?
When books get wet, prompt action is the key to restoring them and bringing them back to life. There are professional services that will do the task for you, or you can dry the books out at home. It takes time and patience, but if you’re willing to put forth the effort, you can get the same results as the professionals. Here’s how to dry your books and remove any mold that may have started growing.
If you are starting with frozen books, allow them to come to room temperature before proceeding with the drying methods below.
This method is offered by a disaster recovery expert who claims it will provide professional results at home.