Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tips to Keep Your Magazines in Good Shape

Magazines are staples in basically every home. On a coffee table, they provide our guests something to browse; as part of a library, they're testaments to the news and trends of their time. Some magazines, in particular, are collector's items, worth a pretty penny or two. Here's how to take care of your magazines, ensuring that they remain in good shape for the years to come.

Plastic packaging
Most magazines, fresh off of the stand or the bookstore, come in a plastic packaging. Don't toss off this packaging; use it for when you're storing the issue away.

Sleeve protectors
Invest in sleeve protectors if needed be. Opt for protectors made from polypropyline plastic, which seals off the magazine from moisture, dirt, and exposure to the elements, which can lead to fading and compromise the integrity of the paper.

Cardboard backing
Place a piece of sturdy white cardboard under the backside of the issue, and place within its packaging or protector. The cardboard offers support, keeping the magazine flat, and less at risk of wrinkling. Opt for acid-free cardboard to keep the back cover's colors intact.

Acid-free tissue paper
Place acid-free tissue paper in between pages that you want to preserve. If you want the entire magazine to remain in pristine condition, place one tissue paper between every page.

Store in low humidity
Moisture can seep in and ruin your magazine. Place them in a cool but dry place, and away from direct sunlight, which can cause bleaching. Make sure the area -- whether it’s a storage space in your closet, a deck under your coffee table, or your bookshelf -- is dust-free.


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