By Jbird from Spartanburg, SC
Spray hydrogen peroxide on the molded wood. The mold should be gone overnight. You can get a small spray bottle of it at your drug store rather cheap. This is a good cleaner, as well. We use it instead of bleach for a lot of things.
Just a point, don't mix the bleach with the vinegar. Use one or the other. Bleach will kill mold more effectively as it is used for that purpose. That is why we have chlorine in the water, to kill micro-organisms.
It might be a good idea to paint over it with this Kilz as well, but only after you have cleaned with bleach.
Use white vinegar. Spray on wipe off then spray on again and leave. Or you can just sppray on and leave. Will not harm children or pets.
I had to use a 50/50 mix of Bleach to kill ours. I also bought a mask to wear to protect my lungs cause it was a big area. The mask was a N95 and I got it at our Walgreens Pharmacy for like $5.
Being it is wood, you may need to replace it because like others have said, it's porous. But until you get it replaced, bleaching would be the cheapest if you cannot afford the other products out on the market. Just make sure you cover the area really good and let it sit. I let mine sit for 24 hours before wiping it down.
Paint over it with Kilz. It kills any mold you have & prevents it from spreading. Good luck.
I hve used bleach and vinegar both to kill off the mold. Go to the hardstore store like Lowe's and get the bleach it better its in with the cleaners.
I bought a used camper and found mold and soft wood in the back of a cupboard that apparently had water leaking into it. What can we mix up (or buy) to kill the mold and prevent it from coming back? We hope we have stopped the leak. We don't want to just "clean" it, we want to kill the mold. Thanks.
Louise from IL
However, to be honest, wood is porous and you may not truly be able to get rid of the mold. Your best option may be to remove the old wood and replace it with new wood. (04/16/2008)
You maybe able to paint the area using a blocking primer and a good quality paint. Check with local paint supplier they can tell you if it can be saved and a safe way to do it. (04/16/2008)
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