I noticed quite some time ago that many video game manuals I was coming across had rusty staples that if left alone would gradually end up staining the paper badly.
But it would seem no one in the retro gaming community is mentioning anything about this…
I have found problematic rusty manual staples in titles from almost every platform up to and including 32bit systems but seems to be extra problematic for SEGA Master System and Megadrive titles.
Sometimes you can not even tell by simply looking at the spine of the manual and checking the center pages of your manuals is highly advised.
A couple of my worst Examples:
The solution is rather simple!
By using a small flat-headed screwdriver you can gently pry the staple open:
Then you can carefully push it out:
Get a brand new staple and re-insert it into the holes left by the original staple:
Then finally using your screwdriver again close the staple gently flush to the center of the page.
Unfortunately it would seem there is not really much you can do to clean up any stains rusty staples may have left on your manuals but at least they won’t get worse and if you proactively change them coupled with good storage conditions maybe you can avoid such damages altogether.