3 Strategies For Restoring Mold Damaged Wood

Posted on: 11 August 2016

It's never a good thing when a home floods—especially when precious wooden objects become subject to mold infestations. Fortunately, with the right knowledge it may be possible to restore wooden furniture to its original glory. If you would like to improve your mold remediation skills, read on. This article will provide three strategies for restoring mold damaged wood.  

A Quick Word About Safety

Before you get your restoration started, it is important to realize that mold represents a potentially serious health risk. Thus, it is important to protect yourself by donning rubber gloves and a pair of safety goggles. To be even safer, consider investing in a respirator as well. This will protect you against inhaling mold spores that become airborne during the course of your work. Such spores can cause a wide range of health issues—everything from asthma to internal organ damage.

 Vacuum Cleaner

The first step in any mold remediation project should involve carefully vacuuming the object you intend to restore. This will help to protect you against the above mentioned mold spores. Before proceeding, however, it is important to verify that your vacuum is equipped with a HEPA filter. These filters are especially designed so as to trap debris with a width as little as 0.3 microns. Regular filters simply aren't fine enough to prevent the passage of microscopic mold spores.

Vinegar

It is much easier to remove mold from finished, stained, or painted wood. That's because the coatings act to prevent the mold from penetrating deeper into the wood's pores. Cleaning can often be accomplished with an application of undiluted white vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit in place for an hour or so, then wipe it away with a dry rag. Repeat as necessary to remove any lingering mold stains.

Bleach

Vinegar may work for surface mold, but it just doesn't have the necessary oomph to treat more deeply entrenched mold—especially on wood that hasn't been finished. Here you'll find a bleach solution much more effective at getting the job done. Prepare a solution according to the following recipe:

  • 1 part liquid dish soap
  • 10 parts bleach
  • 20 parts lukewarm tap water

Carefully apply the solution using a sponge. Avoid the temptation to use a spray bottle, as the concentrated nature of the solution can cause severe irritation if it gets in your eyes. In order to kill entrenched mold, you want the bleach to saturate the wood as deeply as possible. Don't hesitate to add more bleach as needed until all visible signs of mold have disappeared. 

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