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Collection Services Policy and Procedure Manual: Book Cleaning

General Information




Book Cleaning


Suggested Equipment & Supplies:


·  White Plastic Eraser (e.g. Magic Rub, Staedtler Mars)


·  Dry Cleaning Pad (e.g. Opaline)


·  Vacuum


·  Soft brush


·  Paper towels




1. If there are grease-like marks in the book try absorbing by interleaving the book with paper towels and closing the book. If that is unsuccessful, try sprinkling the contents of a dry cleaning pad on the marks. Let sit for awhile, then brush dust away.


2. Using the vacuum and a soft brush, gently brush and vacuum book. Always brush away from the gutter of the book to the edge.


3. Shake the contents of a dry cleaning pad over the dirty page and using your finger tips very gently and lightly rub the pad dust over the page in a circular manner. CAUTION: BRITTLE PAPER is weak and may break if erasing is attempted.


4. Brush away the dry cleaning pad dust and dirt very lightly with a soft brush. Vacuum the book.


5. Erase pencil marks using the plastic eraser. Stroke with the eraser in a forward motion towards the page edge. Brush away eraser dust and dirt very lightly with a soft brush. Vacuum the book.


NOTE: INK and HIGHLIGHTER marks cannot be removed.



The library cleans books as they are found.  We do not have a regular schedule for this.






















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