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close this book Prevention and treatment of mold in library collections with an emphasis on tropical climates: A RAMP study
close this folder 3. Implications for library materials
close this folder 3.1 Vulnerability of materials
View the document 3.1.1 Paper - cellulose, sizes, coatings
View the document 3.1.2 Bookcloth
View the document 3.1.3 Leather
View the document 3.1.4 Adhesives
View the document 3.1.5 Film and related materials

3.1.2 Bookcloth

Many bookcloths, including those of cotton and linen, are cellulosic and are vulnerable to the same range of mold species that affect paper. Like paper, the fillers and coatings added during manufacture provide an additional source of nutrients. The unsized cloth frequently used in bindings from India and Southeast Asia is particularly vulnerable. Because it is often quite thin, the adhesive used in attaching the cloth to the boards often penetrates the weave of the cloth, allowing mold to grow on the surface. Starch filled buckram, commonly used in more temperate climates is also an excellent source of nutrients. Manmade fibers, or natural fibers coated with synthetic resins, i.e., peroxylin cloth and acrylic coated buckram are more resistant to mold, but not entirely immune. No literature was found regarding the affect of dyes on mold growth, although dye. have been found to have considerable effect on the resistance of textiles to photochemical action (some accelerating deterioration and others providing protection).4