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Subject: musty smell
Date Posted: 9/21/2011 2:29 PM ET
Member Since: 5/16/2011
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any idea how to get it out of a book?

nothing interesting to the question- no RWAP, no old book I found to swap, etc. Just have one in my TBR pile that smells a bit musty.

thanks!

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 2:45 PM ET
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sunlight is probably the most likely, for a musty smell.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 3:15 PM ET
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I'd second the sunlight idea. 

I once got a book that smelled like it had been sitting in the bottom a wet box for 50 years.  After about a month of sitting in a baking soda "tent," the smell had at least diminished to the point that I could hold it to read.  So, that might be the second phase of attack if the sunlight doesn't work.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 6:15 PM ET
Member Since: 5/28/2009
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I use a product called "Book Deoderizer". I put it either in a plastic bin for several books or a zip lock bag or 1 or 2 books. It works great! Within a couple of days the smell is gone. And It even works on smoky books.  It's a little spendy, but you can use it over and over. I've been using mine for over a year.  I get it at my local used book store or you can order it on-line.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 6:18 PM ET
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What exactly is a musty smell? I've never quite been able to figure that out.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 6:28 PM ET
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Erica, have you ever been in a damp celler , maybe with a dirt floor? That's musty.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 7:43 PM ET
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Thanks or the tip, Marge!  I just ordered some of the book deoderizer.  Never heard of it.  Can't wait to see how it works.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 2:48 PM ET
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Books that are musty are actually damp.  Sunlight on dry, breezy days works wonders, just remember to bring them before the sun goes down.  A really musty book might need a few days of ultra-violet radiation treatment.  

After they're dried out, you can optionally put them in a sealed bag with the aforementioned baking soda or my preference dried lavender.

Date Posted: 9/28/2011 8:59 AM ET
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The sun light did the trick. took me a bit longer because we have crazy weather and I had to flip the book over because it was on an inside window sill. thanks for all the suggestions!