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Subject: dirty book
Date Posted: 11/10/2009 7:48 PM ET
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i recieved a very dirty book today any advice on how to clean it

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 7:56 PM ET
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Some members report success using fine sandpaper on page edges.  A damp cloth may clean the covers, depending on the paper finish there is also a chance of further damage.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 10:24 PM ET
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Yup, I've used sandpaper to clean dirt off the edges ... just pinch the pages tightly together and sand lightly. Try it out first on an unpostable book if you have one.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 10:26 PM ET
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Unless the covers have some sort of glitter or cloth type surface, we use a little hair spray onto a rag and clean the book. We don't usually have to clean the edges of the pages, but my guess is your problem is with the cover. That's the most common kind of dirty book we run across and the hairspray is our preferred method of cleaning. Sometimes it will need a little extra scrubbing, and maybe a shot of spray directly onto the book in an area that doesn't come off easily, but it tends to work pretty well for us.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 11:19 PM ET
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DH gave me what is essentially a sponge covered with fine grade sandpaper.  It's about the size of a Magic Eraser and works wonderfully well on page edges.

I've found that Goo Gone works well on most books (front and back covers and the spine).  Some matte finished books, though, don't do so well with it.

And yes... I was hoping for some smut talk when I opened this thread.  :)

Last Edited on: 11/10/09 11:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/11/2009 6:42 AM ET
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Baby wipes (unscented), Clorox or Lysol wipes  work well for glossy covers, as does a little alcohol on a paper towel. An eraser works for smudges (pink doesn't work as well as beige/white) and soft art gum erasers work better than hard. A lot of libraries use baby wipes and/or alcohol before reshelving. 

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 10:30 PM ET
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I saw "dirty book" and thought this was some kind of x-rated book question.....lol.....excuse me while I get my mind out of the gutter