How should I clean my books and bookshelves?

Start with good housekeeping, keeping books off the floor, and regularly changing the air conditioning filters.

Dust books and shelves with "magnetic" dusters that do not contain any fragrances or other chemicals. Books can be vacuumed with a small, soft, brush hose attachment if the vacuum suction can be dialed down.

For further information, see Cleaning Books and Shelves (Northeast Document Conservation Center).

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