Protecting Your Books in Self-storage by Laing Self Storage of Binghamton, NY
There may come a time when it is necessary to store away some of your books in self storage. Whether you are moving to a smaller home or have simply found that your collection is growing out of hand, self storage is a great option that will keep your books safe until you need them again.
It seems so easy to just toss your books into a box, but you must take special precautions to protect your paper and hardbacks from damage. Books are susceptible to mildew, corrosion and staining while in storage. Book spines are also fragile and require special care. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a curator or a librarian to properly care for your book collection. Simply follow the guidelines below to keep your books in mint condition while they’re packed away.
Cleaning Your Collection
Packing away dirty or dusty books allows for transfer of the grime onto other volumes and staining. Give your books a gentle but thorough cleaning to significantly increase their shelf life. This is especially important when your collection includes historic or archival quality items.
Paper and hardbacks are cleaned in much the same way. Hold the book firmly closed to avoid brushing dust between the pages. Using a magnetic dry cloth (available online or in most supermarkets), gently wipe the book from the spine outwards to prevent dirt from settling in the spine or endcap. Extremely dirty books may need to be vacuumed using a brush attachment.
Carefully check the book for bookmarks, scraps of paper and flowers between the pages. These items are highly acidic and will damage the pages during storage. Paper clips and other fasteners also cause damage by staining, creasing and tearing paper.