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Desiccation Chambers and Sun Treatment

Once a book has dried to the point that it is simply damp, further treatment in a desiccation chamber and with sunlight will complete the drying process. Prop the book upright, with the pages fanned as much as possible, inside your desiccation chamber. If possible, place the desiccation chamber in the sun. Sunlight discourages mold activity and helps the drying process.

Constructing an inexpensive desiccation chamber is easy to do yourself. To make a desiccation chamber, you need:

1. Clear plastic tub with lid, large enough to accommodate most of your books – make sure the lid has a rim
2. Clumping cat litter
3. Foam core or mat board, cut to fit inside the container lid.

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