There is nothing worse than book damage due to mold from excess humidity. Those who live in certain climates are particularly prone to this problem. If you have ever been to New Orleans or the Midwest in the summer, you know what I mean. In any case, any book lover will squirm when you mention this plight. Most people don’t do much in the way of protection for valuable tomes and thus some valuable and beloved books become harmed. Collectors, budding or veteran, need to know the ropes when it comes to preventing loss to one’s precious collection. A dehumidifier is most definitely in order.
I, myself, have had this problem and have had to toss away more than one favorite read. It pains me to do so and I usually struggle to find an instant replacement. This takes considerable time, which is not always available. I hate to see my book accumulation in decline and I lament every speck of mold. It took me a while to tune into a solution in the form of a simple appliance. Let me tell you how.
A dehumidifier basically removes excess moisture from the air, known to cause foxing of paper and other sorts of significant mold damage. It cannot be repaired. You either live with it and accept the devaluation of the item, or you prevent it ahead of time, the preferred approach. You can’t be too vigilant with artwork either. It undergoes the same transformation as do rate books. Prints and original works on paper can succumb to moisture overtime, even if the art is framed. It has nothing to do with the age of collectibles. It will simply happen when moisture exists a great deal of the time.
Out comes the dehumidifier in the museum and rare book shop. Curators and entrepreneurs know how to preserve value by plugging in this trusty device. A lot of money is saved by using basic principles of conservation. You may feel out of your element in selecting a good one, but it can be done quickly online. You can ask the professionals by phone or email, or go to reputable sites on the Internet like Humidity Helper and read the descriptions and reviews.
You will find various styles and sizes at every price point within the average range. Depending upon the size of your room and the types of objects in question, you will make a choice. If you have a budget, you needn’t worry. The low cost of a unit may not indicate its quality, only its capacity. Mold, allergens, and mildew be gone! People who store books in basements are particularly prone. On top of a monetary loss from humidity damage, there is also the matter of personal health. Some models also are effective in reducing or eliminating telltale odors.
So take a tip from this blog and get yourself an acceptable dehumidifier if you are a fellow traveler in the book sphere. You will save yourself a lot of grief-and money!