Books with printed, coated paper

Recovery Priority during the first 24-48 hours:

  • Dry items immediately. (If there are too many books to dry within 24 hours, then freeze them.)
  • If coated papers are allowed to dry in contact with one another, then they will fuse together.
  • Use a thin spatula to gently separate the pages that are beginning to stick.
  • Do not attempt to separate pages if there is any resistance.
  • Cover books with plastic to prevent partial drying until they can be frozen or salvaged.
  • Keep weakened books intact; do not open text block or remove covers unless needed. Do not tightly compress items.