Guidelines for Book Care

Often times we are not repairing damage to books caused by everyday wear and tear, but rather old repairs done by unskilled hands that have injured their books far more than they could have realized.  If your book is valuable it is best to take it to a specialist in book conservation before trying to clean or fix it yourself.  In the meantime here are a few guidelines of materials to avoid when repairing your books, and how to take care of your books.  

If you want to glue in a page or part of the cover of your book, it is best to use PVA glue, which can be purchased at a craft store.

Materials to Avoid:
Duct Tape
Scotch Tape
Masking Tape
Elmer's Glue
Rubber Cement
Hot Glue

Tips on how to take care of your valuable books:
Never store leather in a plastic bag.  You can find archival plastic bags that won't ruin your valuable book, otherwise don't use plastic bags.
Don't use books as a coasters.
Don't store books on the foredge or spine.
Don't store books on an angle.
Don't pack your book shelves too tight.
Don't pull books off a shelf by the head cap.
Don't treat leather books with leather conditioners meant for shoes, saddles, etc.
It's never a good idea to lend out your valuable books.

If you have further questions feel free to send us an email or give us a call with questions.

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