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Subject: Lysol


From: Michael Trinkley <chicora>
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2001
Sondra P. Stanway <sondra_stanway [at] eed__state__ak__us> writes

>I was recently told that spraying lysol above (not on) books gets
>rid of any musty smell.

Lysol, as a proprietary product, may have a variety of components
subject to batch changes. Use of such materials on collections of
long-term value is always risky and should be avoided. The same may
be said for such over-the-counter products as Febreze.  In addition,
lysol won't "get rid of" the smell, it will only mask it.

Smells in books are a problem. Since baking soda hasn't worked, I'd
try activated charcoal, clay cat litter, zeolites, and/or crumpled

Michael Trinkley, Ph.D.
Chicora Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 8664
Columbia, SC 29202-8664

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