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Everything You Need To Know About Removing Mold From Wood

Mold is a fungus that has the ability to grow on just about any surface, given the right environment for it to thrive.  Wood is an excellent environment for mold to grow because mold is porous and like a sponge, soaks up moisture.  The ability to remove mold from wood depends on the type of wood, the extent of the mold, and the remediation method.

Removing Mold on Finished Wood

Wood, which is finished, whether it is painted or has a coating of polyurethane, is somewhat easier to remove mold because the mold is on the surface of the coating and not actually in the wood.  To remove the mold, you can use regular soap and water, natural mold removers, or a commercial mold removal product designed for your wood need.  If you choose to use a commercial product, be sure to apply according to the manufacturer's guidelines.  Natural products include Tea Tree Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, baking soda, and vinegar. 

You will want to test an area of the wood with the solution to ensure the solution will not damage or remove the surface coating.  The process itself is simple.  Using a clean rag, spray the solution on the molded area and wipe the area.  Next, spray the area with warm water and wipe the area with a clean rag.  Repeat this process until you are sure the mold is removed.

Removing Mold on Unfinished Wood

Unfinished wood that has mold on it may be a little difficult to work with because the porous nature of the wood allows the mold to penetrate beyond the surface. With untreated wood, the goal is to kill the mold spores, as opposed to removing it on finished wood.  If the mold is widespread, you may not be able to save the wood.

 If you decide to treat the unfinished wood with mold on it, you will need a stronger solution that kills mold spores.  Instead of a rag, you will need a medium size brush to brush the solution into the wood in order that the killing agent penetrates the wood to destroy mold spores beyond the surface.  Once the solution is applied, you would then allow the wood time to dry.  After the wood has dried, you will need to sand the wood to determine if any mold remains.  If mold is still visible after this process, you will need to repeat it until the mold is no longer present.  For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Kansas City Remodel and Handyman Allen.