Tips and Guides

4 Ways To Preserve Your Books

Keep your favorite titles in mint condition with these tips

Shares

Even with the growing popularity of e-books, nothing can beat the feeling of turning a page when reading a book. Hard copies may grow old and fragile with time, but with the right tricks and a few nifty hacks, you'll be able to browse through your best reads for decades to come. Check them out below: 

Store your books in non-humid spaces.

Since books are made from organic materials, storing them in moist places can generate funky odors or worse, mildew. Prevent your copies from smelling musty by storing them in open shelving or run a fan in your mini library every now and then to keep the air moving. 

Use baking soda sachets to keep it smelling crisp. 

If you live in a compact home and you have no room for proper shelves, try placing small bags of baking soda in your basket and bins where you keep your books. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for to make a sweeter scent! 

Get rid of mildew before it spreads. 

Are you a little too late and your hardbound favorites are starting to wither? This is usually the first sign of forming mildew. Do some damage control by placing it inside a Ziploc bag then storing it in your freezer for a day or two to get rid of active fungi. Once you take it out, vacuum off any hardened fungi and leave the book to dry. 

Invest in dust covers. 

While you can always protect your books with plastic cover, it usually breaks down over time and can be difficult to remove. Consider buying dust covers made from sturdy paper or leather instead—you can even get it in different colors to make your display extra fun! 

PHOTOS: Jonathan Lo via Pinterest and Buzzfeed (Main) | wikiHow | Kitty x Buck 

More on Realliving.com.ph

DIY: Save Your Damaged Books

10 Ways to Care for Your Books

5 Creative Ways To Decorate With Books

Shares

Latest Stories

11 Peg-Worthy Celebrity Christmas Trees

From showcasing dainty blooms to using quirky ornaments, these personalities have taken the decorating game to the next level

This Quiapo Day Tour Will Make You Love Old Manila Again

Go on a DIY Quiapo adventure and look beyond the vendors. Say a prayer, have your fortune told, take a peek at a mysterious pagoda, and visit beautiful ancestral houses from a more genteel past.

10 Ways To Make Your Shoes Last Forever

Show your favorite pairs some tender loving care with these tips

A One-Bedroom Unit Transformed into a Two-Bedroom Home

The designers of this 45sqm condo in Manila created a functional space with an urban contemporary appeal that’s perfect for its young occupants

Here's Why You Should Skip Bringing Your Phone To The Bathroom

Trust us, liking that photo on Instagram can wait for a few minutes

7 Planners For An Inspired 2018

Stay organized and keep your goals in sight with these picks

These Christmas Ornaments Will Make You Feel Like Dancing

Celebrate a yearly Christmas ballet tradition with The Nutcracker collection

15 Calming Photos of Modern Minimalist Homes

Because less is more

10 Life-Changing Cleaning Habits For Lazy People

We've got the strategies for keeping an impeccably clean house without losing your mind

Did You Know That Ellen Adarna Lives in a 1930s Apartment in Manila?

She has a fantastic view of the Manila Bay sunset, too

Neat Home Appliances You Need To Buy With Your 13th Month Bonus

It's okay to treat yourself with the best things money can buy—especially if it is for your humble abode

A Taguig Condo With Cool Storage Features And Vintage Accents

This 80sqm unit has everything that its owners need: light and airy spaces, an interesting mix of furniture, and nifty storage tricks
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!