Mold Problems In Storage? 3 Delicate Items You Can Save

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You pack up items and put them in storage because you want to save them, so it can be very upsetting to open up your storage unit or the boxes in your basement and get hit with the unmistakable smell of mold coming from the items that you've packed away for safekeeping.  But don't drag your possessions to the garbage bins just yet. You can save your leather jacket, your books, and even your photographs that have been tainted by mold. All it takes is knowing how to remove the mold from each item. Here are some tips that can help.

Removing Mold from Leather

Leather takes special care to clean, but it's not impossible to get the mold off your favorite leather jacket or boots. It's best to wait for a warm, sunny day to do the cleaning. Start by taking the item outside, and gently brush as much of the mold off as possible, using a soft-bristled brush. Then leave the item in the sun to dry for several hours. If you absolutely can't do this outside, an electric heater can be a good substitute for the sun's heat.

Next, mix warm water with enough germicidal soap to create thick suds. Use a damp (not dripping wet) cloth to apply the suds to the moldy parts of the leather, and wipe them off with a separate clean damp cloth. Then take the item back to the drying area. If the mold remains after the item is dry, mix a solution of equal parts denatured alcohol and water and dampen a cloth in the mixture. Wipe the moldy areas again, and dry the item again.

Removing Mold From Books

Cleaning mold growth from a book can be a time consuming process, because you'll need to go through it page by page. If you don't have the time to deal with it immediately, put the mold in a zippered plastic bag and store it in the freezer. This won't kill the mold, but it will inhibit further growth until you can clean it. If you have to stop at any point during the cleaning process, return the book to the freezer in a sealed bag until you're ready to resume the process.

To clean the mold from the pages of a book, begin by sliding a sheet of wax paper underneath the page. Brush the mold off as much as you can, using a soft brush. Then, dampen a soft cloth with hydrogen peroxide and gently wipe away the mold. Allow the page to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next one.

Removing Mold From Photographs

Unlike other items, pictures with mold growth shouldn't be left to dry for hours in direct sunlight, as it can cause the photographs to fade. Sunlight does help stop growth and dry the mold, so you may want to consider exposing the photographs to a brief amount of sunlight – no more than an hour – but be aware that even this brief exposure may result in fading. Photographs should primarily be dried in a cool, dry location.

Once the mold has dried, brush it off gently but thoroughly with a soft, dry cloth. Do not apply any liquid to the surface of the photographs. You should monitor the photographs for several months after cleaning for mold recurrence.

You don't have to throw away items that are important to you just because of mold. Getting rid of mold is a pain, but it can be done. If you have extensive mold growth that you're having trouble handling on your own, a professional mold remediation service like Total Restoration General Contractors may be able to help you save your possessions. 

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21 January 2015

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