How to Remove Odors from Books Safely and Easily

  • 15 Apr, 2013
How to Remove Odors From Books and Documents Including Mold, Mildew and Even Smoke Has Never Been Easier! For as long as there have been words printed on paper mold has been busy trying to undo what man has done. And until recently man or library scientists have been fighting the good fight and for […] The post How to Remove Odors from Books Safely and Easily appeared first on Odor Removal for Just About Everything.

Is your basement damp, causing a mildew smell and now you need to remove those mildew odors from your books How to Remove Odors From Books and Documents Including Mold, Mildew and Even Smoke Has Never Been Easier!

For as long as there have been words printed on paper mold has been busy trying to undo what man has done. And until recently man or library scientists have been fighting the good fight and for the most part winning. And though we may be winning, the price to discover how to remove odors from books has been very high.
Up until 2000, to remove odors from books has included
  • Lysol spray,
  • vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters,
  • respirators and
  • hours and hours of manual labor
  • dryer sheets
  • baking soda
  • plastic bags
  • coffee grounds
  • Ozone
The results were less than helpful. Using stronger chemicals to actually kill the mold and spores were always a liquid and when they evaporated, the powder left was poison.  Spraying any liquid on paper caused damage of the paper, damaging the book and its cover.
Using the old standard ozone had some very negative side effects too,  like making leather book bindings brittle and crack, oxidizing the binding cord and bleaching everything in sight.

Discovering how to remove odors from books became easier

In the December of 2000, Pat L. Weaver-Meyers, Wilbur A. Stolt, and Barbara Kowaleski wrote a paper titled “Controlling Mold on Library Materials with Chlorine Dioxide (CLO2): An Eight-Year Case Study” that was published in the ” Abbey Newsletter”. Their problem was apparently so severe that they were willing to wipe the books with chlorine dioxide dissolved in water to get rid of the mold… and it worked.
After that, a new patent created a CLO2 vapor.  Not a liquid.  It came in a small package and releases small amounts of vapor at a time to oxidize or remove odors from books such as mold, mildew, smoke and more without harming paper, fabric or hard surfaces.   AQM by OdorXit – Air Quality Manager– is perfect for totally oxidizing and removing mold, smoke, etc. safely from books, records and any stored items that now hold odors or mold spores.
When the right size packet is used in the right size room, it’s also safe to be in the room while it is working and breathe the vapor.  This works in other enclosed areas too.

How to remove odors from books making your own tent.

A plastic container will work just as well.

These packets produce CLO2 for 20 to 30 days.  Depending on the humidity and the size of the room or tent, after use, there is no odor.  And as long as the source of the odor is removed,
  • water source stopped,
  • floor repaired,
  • no more smoke (cigarette or fire) into the area,
the odor will stay gone forever!
Hi Martin, I was the one who had the yearbooks that were musty. At first it appeared that your product was not working, but then you told me to add a few drops of water to provide humidity. After 3 days of stirring the gas and air around, I noticed some decrease in odor. I then lightly vacuumed each page with a soft upholstery brush. Then gave them another 4 days treatment. Now they are virtually odor free. So it did work. I’m happy. During the first treatment, a teeny fan, on a very low setting stirred the air into the fanned out pages. This was in one of the large plastic tubs. I made sure it was sealed by using weatherstripping on the lid. So that is my story. Just thought you would like some feedback on my situation. Cheers, Ron N.*
*DISCLAIMER: The results described here aren’t typical and will vary based on a variety of factors. 
In order to remove odors from books, hard or soft bound, you will need
  • a plastic tub with a cover, a metal locker with a door that can be closed or create your own tent with a tarp and shelves.
  • Stand the books to be treated on end so that the pages can be fluffed open.
  • Place the books so that the covers are open between 45 and 90 degrees and about 1 inch apart.  Hanging them over a hanger works too to remove odors from books or comic books.
  • Stick the self adhering pouch on the side of the tub, near the top of the locker or on a shelf.
  • Tear open the silver Mylar outer package without tearing or puncturing the inner Tyvek packet of a 10 gram AQMpacket for a tub or locker (25g packets are available for treating larger open areas).
  • Place the Tyvek packet in the pouch.
  • Install the cover or close the locker door without knocking the books over.
  • Remove the books in 24 to 48 hours. All the mold will be dead and needs only to be wiped away with a soft cloth.
  • Throw the cloth away outside when you are finished.  The packets will continue to release CLO2 up to 30 days.  After you take the first batch of books out of the tub or tent, there is still time to put more books inside with the CLO2 and remove odors from books for a second time.

OdorXit Odor Eliminator

By Terri Friedhoff 24 Oct, 2017

The recent storms that have ravaged multiple parts of the US have caused unprecedented damage. If you or your loved ones were affected by any of these storms, our thoughts and best wishes go out to you. Because these storms were so large in scale, people have experienced everything from moderate to complete damage.

Since getting rid of bad odors is our area of expertise, we want to help anyone who lost power for an extended period of time during one of these storms but didn't face complete damage to their home and belongings. Even if you're dealing with a refrigerator that smells incredibly bad due to it being fully defrosted and having items like frozen food decompose for days or even weeks, we want to go over how you can fully restore your appliance to its former condition.

5 Steps to Saving Your Refrigerator After Losing Electricity

The first step is to remove all of the spoiled food. This can be a truly nasty and smelly experience, which is why you'll want to wear a protective mask and gloves as you do it. Once your refrigerator is clean, take it outside and spray it out with a garden hose. If you have a truck or access to one, consider taking your appliance to a car wash and use the high-powered equipment to spray it out.

The next step is to spray one ounce of OdorXit Concentrate mixed with 30 ounces of water everywhere the refrigerator smells. That means spraying the insulation behind the doors,

under and around the door gaskets, the inside, behind the drawers and every little opening where the defrosted food might have dripped. Once the OdorXit Concentrate solution comes in contact with the rotten food smells, it will remove them from your refrigerator completely and safely.

The second to last step is to let the refrigerator dry outside then bring it back in the house. Don't panic if it still smells a little. It just means there is still at least one spot that hasn't been treated yet. You'll be able to knock it out by continuing to sniff and spraying wherever you detect even a slight odor.

The final step is to remember to be a good neighbor! Spray a few shots of the OdorXit Concentrate solution in the drain at the car wash or wherever you ended up treating your appliance. Anyone who comes by after you will be very glad you did.

By following the process above, it's possible to save even the worst smelling refrigerator, which in turns means saving hundreds of dollars by not needing to buy a replacement. So if you know anyone who's currently trying to restore belongings like their refrigerator, feel free to share this post with them by email or on Facebook.

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