Mashuach Repair

Does anybody know if there is any way to clean up a Mashuach Sefer Torah from all the dust it is 40 years old and in very decent  shape on a whole


  1. Hi David,
    If it is only dust, and the mashuach is not caking and coming out in pieces, you may clean it with a soft cotton rag moist with acetone. Make sure you do so outdoors and in a well aired place. Also, it's a good preventive measure to wear googles, a mask, and gloves.

    One pass of the moist rag should do it, as Acetone evaporates very quickly. Don't try to rub-out old stains with more that two or three passes, as you may find yourself dissolving the ink.

    Be prepared to have many rags as they will get dirty rather quickly. These may be obtained at a paint store or Home Depot. The same goes for a gallon of Acetone.

    1. How many years more years can I get out of a Sefer Torah like this once is restored it is 40 years old has not been used for at least ten maybe more
      No big pieces coming off just dust from the mashuach

    2. It may be possible to get another 50 years.

  2. If you're referring to white powder from the coating, I'd expect it to continue to happen once cleaned. As long as this powder can be easily wiped off with a dry cloth the letters are still considered black and then there doesn't seem to be much of a point in investing to remove it. If the dust can't be easily removed then it would need to be removed in order to use the sefer and careful attention would need to be paid to the Torah to prevent it from reoccurring or to have it fixed right away if it happens again.


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