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How to fix wavy book pages

Wet book pages have a tendency to dry to wavy folded patterns which can make them difficult to read. If you accidentally wet your favorite book or left it in a damp area, you don't have to go out and buy a new one! Instead, you can spend a few days making sure your book is really dry and then leveling it to reset the pages and make your book readable again.

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[ Edit ] Wipe wet pages

  1. Put your book in the freezer if you do not have time to repair it now. If you need to wait a few days before you start drying out your book, seal it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. This will prevent all forms from growing and further damage your book pages. [1]
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    • Make sure the plastic bag is airtight so that your book does not absorb any extra moisture from the freezer.
  2. Wet the pages with a paper towel to make sure they are dry. Take some paper towels and put them between the pages of your book every 10 to 20 pages. Press down on the book to absorb any remaining moisture that may be left on the pages. [2]
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    • Wiping the book in advance will ensure that the pages do not stick together.
    • If your book has any shape on the pages, gently brush off all the current mold spores with a clean cloth and then place your book in the sun to dry out.
  3. Open your book and place it on the page. Carefully open your book pages until your book is open at a 45 degree angle. Place it on a towel so that the sides remain stretched. Be careful, as your book can be fragile. [3]
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    • Fines with wet or water damage are prone to fall apart, so it is important to be careful when handling them. [19659009] Point a fan at the sides to dry it out overnight. Turn the fan on low so that it does not ruffle the pages of your book too much. Leave your book with a fan directed at it for 8 to 12 hours to make sure it dries out all the way. [4]
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      • You can also set a dehumidifier to dry the pages even more, if you have one.
    • Sandwich your book between two boards. You can use whatever scrap you have on hand as long as it covers the entire book. Place the book on its page with a board under it and one on top. [5]
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      • Plywood is a good wood to use to lubricate your book, as it is quite thin. [19659009] Place heavy objects, such as bricks, on top of the board. Make sure they are centered on the leaderboard so your book gets even print. You can also use cinder blocks if you do not have any bricks. [6]
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      • Align a fan or dehumidifier on your book to dry it out. When you press your book, you can dry it even more by circulating the air around it. Make sure you turn off all the humidifiers in your home and close the windows so that your book stays cool and dry. Turn on a fan or dehumidifier and place it in front of your book as it dries. [7]
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        • Try to keep your book out of direct sunlight so that it does not get too hot.
      • Leave your book for 1 to 2 days. Try not to disturb your book when it flips out. Keep the heavy objects on top of the book for as long as you can. [8]
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        • If your book is still wavy, you can try to leave it pressed longer. [19659009] Keep your book pressed as you store it. If you can, try to put your book between two book ends or some other books so that it is continuously pressed flat. This will help to flatten the pages more and ensure that your book pages remain in their new form. [9]
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[ Edit ] Flatening Pages with Heat

  1. Spray a fine mist with water over the pages of your book. If your book has been dry for a while, use a water bottle to get it a little moist again. Make sure all pages are moist, but do not soak your book in water. [10]
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    • If you do not have a spray bottle, use a clean brush to drain water on the book pages instead.
  2. Set the iron to the "no steam" setting. This will ensure that your iron does not add more moisture to the book. Allow your iron to heat for about 5 minutes before using it. [11]
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    • If you have an ironing board you can also set it. Otherwise, you can create a small workstation on your table or countertop.
  3. Place a tissue over a page in the book. The tissue helps protect the book side from heat damage. If you have no tissues, you can also use a sheet of plain white paper. [12]
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  4. Pull your iron over the tissue quickly. Gently press the iron on the tissue over your book and move it in a circular motion. Leave your iron on the tissue for about 3 seconds, then pick it up again quickly. [13]
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    • Don't leave the iron on top of the book pages for too long, or you can burn your book.
  5. Iron each side individually to flatten it. While it may take a while, this is the best way to flatten each page of your book. Try to make each side at a time, so that the iron is not hot enough to flatten two sides at once. [14]
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[ Edit ] Tips

  • The sooner you start drying and printing your book, the better it will look .
  • Your book may never look the way it did originally, but you can partially restore it.

[ Edit ] Warnings

  • If your damaged book is old or expensive, take it to a professional bookstore.

[ Edit ] Things You Need

[ Edit ] Fixing a Wet Book

  • Paper Towel
  • Towel
  • Fan [19659012] 2 wooden boards
  • Bricks or impact blocks
  • Dehumidifier

[ Edit ] Flatening Dry Pages with Heat

  • Spray bottle
  • Iron
  • Tissue

Edit ] References [19659071] ↑ https: //www.y outube.com/watch?v=S9_fwmdCyzo&feature=youtu.be&t=121 Chapter19659072vard ↑ https: // www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULhbC-13u64&feature=youtu.be&t=26
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9_fwmdCyzo&feature=youtu.be&t=69
  • [1945 https://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/preservation/repair/dartmouth-book -repair_manual_air-dry-method.pdf
  • https://www.dartmouth.edu/~ library / preservation / repair / Dartmouth-book repair_manual_air-dry-method.pdf
  • [1945 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9_fwmdCyzo&feature=youtu.be&t=96 Chapter19659077vard ↑ https://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/preservation/repair/ dartmouth-book-repair_manual_air -dry-method.pdf
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9_fwmdCyzo&feature=youtu.be&t=110
  • https: // www.dartmouth.edu / ~ library / preservation / repair / dartmouth-book-repair_manual_air-dry-method.pdf Chapter19659080vard ↑ https://homesteady.com/13424068/how-to-dry-a-wet-book
  • [1945 https: //homesteady.com/13424068/how-to-dry-a-wet-book
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwAomsEc3bI&feature = youtu.be & t = 339 [19659083] ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwAomsEc3bI&feature=youtu.be&t=350
  • https://homesteady.com/13424068 / how-to-dry-a-wet-book

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