Wondering how to remove mold from wooden surfaces? Here’s everything that you need to do!
There’s just something truly ethereal and incomparable about wooden furniture pieces. However, there’s one downside to wooden furniture— it’s susceptible to mold growth. Due to the porous nature of wood, mold tends to grow on it. This is why you must take extra care of your wooden pieces so that they don’t develop mold growth. If you spot mold on your wooden pieces, then remove it right away to prevent further damage.
Here are the steps that you can take to remove mold from your wooden furniture:
Stop the Spread of Mold
Wooden objects, such as closets, bookcases, etc., that have been sitting near or around a mold colony often have mold spores or hidden mold growth on them. This is why you must clean these objects thoroughly before displacing them so that the mold doesn’t move to a new area.
Wear long-sleeved clothing, gloves, and pants, and then carefully remove all items from inside these wooden objects. These items could include books, clothes, accessories, and more. Don’t forget to wear a face mask and open your windows to avoid inhaling the mold spores.
Then, use a diluted bleach solution made of 1 gallon of water and 1/2 cup of bleach and wipe the visible mold from your objects. For items that are too fragile to be cleaned with this solution, such as book pages, simply place them under direct sunlight outdoors for an hour. The UV rays will get rid of the mold growth.
Remove Existing Mold from Wood
Once you’ve cleaned the affected objects and items, you’ll need to eradicate the mold growing on the original source. Once again, protect yourself with protective clothing and gloves, move the wooden particle board outdoor or in a ventilated, uncarpeted area. Brush or scrape the pressed wood to remove the mold spores.
After cleaning the visible mold, use the bleach solution to wash the wood. However, since bleach can discolor furniture, test the solution on a small part of the back of your wooden object to see if the veneer gets discolored. If it does, then contact a mold remediation service to get rid of the mold. They will have the right skills and knowledge needed to eradicate the mold without causing damage to the wood. After cleaning the wooden pieces, put them in the sun to dry completely or in an isolated place with plenty of ventilation and supplementary fans to aid the drying process.
Replace Damaged Wood
After the particle board has dried, check for mold with your hands. Make sure to wear gloves. If it’s mold-free, then you can reuse it. However, if there’s mold on it, then it might have burrowed too deep into the surface and you’ll have to replace your wooden furniture or at least remove the affected wooden pieces. Do so without damaging the rest of the furniture.
Prevent Mold Growth
Mold thrives in warm, humid, and dark spaces, so follow these tips to prevent mold growth:
- Use air conditioning to keep your home cool in the hotter months.
- Don’t keep wet items on any surface in your home.
- Keep your furniture at a distance from the walls to keep the rooms well-ventilated.
- Opt for glass, metal, and plastic furniture pieces if possible as they’re resistant to mold.
- If you have wooden furniture, then dust and disinfect it regularly.
- When refinishing your wooden furniture, choose products that are designed to prevent mold growth.
If the mold growth on your wooden pieces is too widespread, then the best course of action is to call a mold remediation service. They will take care of the mold growth and protect your furniture and home from further damage.
S.T.O.P can help you get rid of the mold and restore your wooden furniture to its former glory. It serves in Whitney Ranch, Sky Canyon, North Las Vegas, Centennial Hills, and many other areas.