How to Remove Roach Excrement Stains From Books

Updated January 11, 2018

Step 1

Hold the book closed tightly and use a soft brush to clear any loose soil from the page edges.

Step 2

Use an artist's gum eraser to gently remove as much of the spot as possible while you hold the book closed. Be careful not to damage the pages.

Step 3

Dip a cotton swab in household bleach and dab it onto the spots. Don't use a heavy hand--the bleach will weaken the paper.

Step 4

Gently rub the fore edge with very fine sandpaper if the bleach treatment doesn't work. You may be able to sand off the stain. Don't do this with a valuable book.

Step 5

Open the book and check for stains on the pages. Use the cotton swab dipped in bleach to treat them. Dry each page thoroughly before you continue to the next.

Step 6

Remove excrement from glossy dust jackets with a soft cloth dampened with lighter fluid. Rub the stain until you've removed as much of it as possible. Don't treat dust jackets with bleach.

Step 7

Clean leather bindings with a soft cloth dampened with lighter fluid then use a leather conditioner formulated for books.

Step 8

Use the gum eraser on the bindings of hardcover books with paper-covered boards. Don't treat these bindings with bleach or lighter fluid.

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Things Needed

  • Soft brush
  • Gum eraser
  • Cotton swabs
  • Household bleach
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Soft cloths
  • Lighter fluid
  • Leather conditioner

About the Author

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.