How to remove mold from Wood
Getting halfway through a woodworking project and finding mold growing is enough to figuratively and literally make you feel ill. Luckily, if the mold has not been on the wood long enough to ruin the woods structural integrity, it can be fairly easily removed.
I have gathered some tips, and methods from several difference sources on how to save your woodworking projects and how to remove mold from your wood projects.
The first step before even trying to remove the mold is to fix whatever may be causing the mold in the first place. If the place you have been storing your projects is damp or moist, you’ll either need to store them somewhere else, or fix the moisture problem wherever they are being stored first.
When removing the mold or working with wood that has mold on it, be sure the area is well ventilated.
Scrub away the surface mold with hot soapy water and a scrubber brush or Scotch-Brite pad. You can also use a towel or rag if you are worried that the scrubbing may harm the wood. Remove as much of the mold as possible.
Rinse the wood well.
Once most of the mold has been removed, there are several different solutions you can apply to the surface to kill the mold and help insure that it won’t come back.
*Remember to use gloves and safety glasses to protect your skin and eyes from any bleach or alcohol mixture splashing up on your hands for face.
For Unfinished wood, eHow.com recommends using a 50/50 Solution of water and rubbing alcohol instead of bleach.
They recommend a mix of nine parts water to 1 part bleach otherwise and recommend leaving the solution on for 12 hours, then rinsing and drying the wood very well.
Some other suggestions from other woodworkers have been to try putting it under glass or in a clear plastic bag and letting it sit in the sun or a dry, warm airing cupboard until it has dried out. One woodworker suggested (if the wood pieces are small enough) putting the wood in the microwave or oven for a short time to dry them out and help kill the mold.
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