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How to Keep Books in Good Condition on Your Shelves

Some light housekeeping for your at-home library.

Photography by: Bryan Gardner

To ensure a long shelf life for your books, a little routine maintenance goes a long way. Keep them clean by passing a feather duster along the tops and spines weekly. Once a year, take everything off the shelves and dust the books and shelves thoroughly. Fresh air slows deterioration, so occasional handling is actually good for them. And because dampness can lead to mildew and mold, keep books away from damp exterior walls and windows.



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