How to remove mold from wood paneling

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Worried about mould infesting your home? Mould infestations are actually quite common, especially in areas that experience high humidity. Mould can range from a fairly harmless fuzzy white mildew to severe black mould. Black mould is a dark, invasive strain of mould that is also very dangerous to our health if we are exposed to it over a period of time. The key to removing mould and keeping it away for good is to take care of the moisture that keeps the mould thriving. You should determine the source of the mould which can be a leak in the roof, or moisture and condensation building up on your walls and ceiling. Hunker teaches us about the different ways mould can grow on wooden panelling specifically. So if you have a white fuzzy mould on your wood panelling, it could indicate excess humidity in your home which could be taken care of with a dehumidifier or better ventilation. If you're seeing a thicker black mould around the edges of the panelling, it could be caused by a leak. Either a pipe may be leaking, or you could have a hole in your roof. It can also come in through the floor too especially in basements.

If it's a leak, you might have to remove the panelling to access the leak. If the wood is covered in mould back and front, you'll have to replace the wood and get rid of the old piece. You can't kill mould that's permeated the wood and gotten into its pores. Also, if there's black mould on the insulation, throw that away as well and replace it. Always be sure to take safety precautions and wear a respirator, gloves and eye protection while you're cleaning the mould up. You will also want to seal off the room that the mould is in to contain it in one room, so it doesn't spread to the rest of the house. To clean mould, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada both recommend using simply some water or natural cleaners and water. People have found natural cleaners like white distilled vinegar, and baking soda have worked very well on black mould, killing it and cleaning it. So you can apply some plain vinegar or vinegar mixed with water on the mould and let it sit so that the vinegar can kill the spores. Then, scrub the mould and let the area dry completely. Before you make any repairs, vacuum the area with a vacuum that has a HEPA-filter which will take out any mould spores.

If the area that the mould is affecting is more than 10 square feet, you should get professional mould removers to clean it out for you. Your carpets and furniture could also be covered in mould which will only spread the mould if you leave the furniture in the home. So having the furniture cleaned will also help to keep the mould at bay. You can also paint the wood panelling or trim once you've cleaned it to keep the mould from returning. Just make sure you wait for the panelling to dry out before you paint and don't paint over mould without cleaning it up first. Some people think this will kill it, but it will just multiply and eventually, the paint will peel off the surface too. If you have mould growing on tiles or grout or anywhere else, you can also use vinegar or baking soda to get rid of it. Tea tree essential oil is also a great remedy for cleaning mould as well. You will also want to stay on top of cleaning the area once you've removed the mould, so it doesn't grow back.***

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