An avid reader will definitely have hundreds of books at home to take care of. Every bookworm’s heartbreak is seeing the edges of books turn yellow and slowly creep into the pages of the whole novel. It’s like watching a sweet cake being slowly eroded by ants! Do books have to wither over time? Not if the correct storage method is applied on the book collection!
Step 1: Understanding why books turn yellow
In fact, the culprit of yellow books is caused by an aldehyde group. To put it simply, the paper contains a substance called lignin which oxidizes when exposed to air and sunlight, which eventually turn pages yellow.
Step 2: Finding the right method to prevent oxidation
Air has water molecules and as long as air touches the book, oxidation will understandably occur. Despite this fact, there’s no need to surrender, as there are multiple methods to slow down and even prevent the oxidation process between the pages.
Step 3: Starting at the shelves
Books find a long-term home on a shelf, that’s why choosing the right bookcase is especially important! Generally, most shelves are wooden giving off a classical elegance along with practicality. However, wood also emits gasses that cause books to turn yellow when absorbed. You can either use a protective lining on your wooden shelves that will protect your books from these gasses or you can consider opting for a metal or plastic book case.
Step 4: Store away from direct sunlight
Books need to be stored away from direct sunlight as the UV rays from the sun will fade book covers and damage paper pages, resulting them to turn yellow over time.
Step 5: Choosing the right storage location
Hong Kong is hot and humid which exacerbates the oxidation between pages. Keeping books dry will stop them from yellowing. It is suggested to keep books in a cool and dry area away from direct sunlight. In addition, it’s best to store books in a sealed place too as dust also causes books to turn yellow.
Consider using Minibox to store your book collection
With Hong Kong’s limited living space, keeping a book collection at home could take up a sizeable area. Plus, regularly using air-conditioning or dehumidifiers to keep books dry could rack up the electricity bill. Keeping your books in Minibox Storage is a great choice to store books in a cool, dry and air-conditioned environment, and prevent yellowing pages.
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