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by Alan Noel
Professional Wood Finisher
During the summer months, especially in the Southeast, mold
enjoys a very favorable environment in which to grow and
multiply due to the warm air and almost 100% humidity. Mold can
be found on the finished areas of furniture as well as on the unfinished
areas. These two areas need to be treated differently.
Here are a few tips:
- Work in a very well ventilated area.
- Be sure to wear protective clothing per manufacturers instructions.
- Never mix bleach or any other cleaning chemical/solution with ammonia, EVER!
- To remove mold from a finished surface, first apply a mixture of household detergent and water, then wipe dry.
- Inspect the surface with magnification to make sure the finish is still intact.
- If all is good, apply a commercial mold cleaner, specifically made for finished surfaces, following the instructions on the label.
- After all is done, I highly recommend a coat of paste wax.
- On painted surfaces, use a mild solution of chlorine bleach and water.
- As for unfinished wood, mold can grow below the surface and establish roots. Because of this, I recommend a commercial mold cleaner that contains "surfactants." These allow for more absorption and a better chance of getting to the root of things.
- Once all is done rinse with clean water.
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Alan can be reached directly via email c/o Alan Noel Furniture Refinishing at email@example.com.
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October 10, 2015
November 4, 2015
French Polish Workshop