How to Remove Mold from Wood

Mold belong to the fungi group and is a greenish-grey matter that grows in areas that are high in humid levels. Mold emits an earthy pungent smell. There are different types of mold and can be identified by their color. We have black mold-greenish-grey, white-white, brown and black. You can easily notice the presence of mold on wooden surfaces in your home when you see grey rings. These rings are a common feature near areas that have had an exposure to water. 

What Does Mold on Wood Look Like? 

It is hard to identify mold on wood because naturally wood comes in different shades of colors. And the growth of mold is gradual, that you might not clearly spot the color difference. 

Also, since there are different types of mold, we have white mold that has a white appearance on wood and loosely attached.  The black and grey mold are also found on wood after wood has previously been soaked in water and was not properly dried. 

How to Remove Mold from Different Types of Wood 

For you to effectively clean and prevent any type of mold from growing back, you need to first identify the cause. You therefore have to prevent conditions that favor the growth of mold. 

When the mold is not properly cleaned, it leaves behind stains. It should therefore be properly removed using the correct cleaning agents and tools. 

General ways of cleaning mold off surfaces is basically by scrubbing it off the surfaces and by use of the correct cleaning agent. It is also important to use wood friendly cleaning agents that do not cause damage to your wooden surfaces. 

As a general concern, for your cleaning to be effective, if possible clean your wooden from the outside for the portable ones. And for the ones attached to your house, clean while your windows and doors are open to allow them to dry well. Also move them away from the wall. This allows for good ventilation. 

Make sure that you wear protective gear. And vacuum the area after cleaning so that you avoid the spread of mold spores. If it is necessary, sand the area to eliminate residual mold. 

Also, carefully select an appropriate cleaning agent to avoid damaging the wooden surfaces or totally discoloring them. It is also advisable that you apply a protective coat on your wooden surfaces so as to minimize chances of the mold growing back. 

Let us consider specific situations: 

a. Wooden Chair 

Here, there are several ways which include wiping the chair with diluted dish detergent or beach, among other methods.  

Spray the chair with your preferred detergent, using a soft bristle brush, scrub gently in a circular motion. Rinse the chair with clean water and allow it to dry. 

Only use a bleach for stubborn mold stains. Remember bleach discolors surfaces. Also, consider using sand paper if the mold stain is really tough. Otherwise, sand paper also discolors your chair. 

b. Wooden Cabinet 

First, remove all the contents from the cabinets. Spray the cleaning agent you settled on onto the cabinets. Using a soft bristle brush, gently scrub the mold off. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and a soft rag. Allow them to dry properly before using them. 

c. Wooden Cutting Board 

This is a kitchen appliance, so a lot of care should be taken during cleaning. This will help avoid poisoning of food. Many people prefer to use natural methods. Lemon and coarse ground sea salt is efficient. Apply the mixture onto your kitchen board and gently scrub the mold off, wipe it and allow it to dry properly. 

Bleach is also allowed but you should be cautious and rinse it off thoroughly, to avoid contamination with other surfaces or food. 

d. Wooden Window Frame 

You need to spray the window frame with your choice of detergent. Allow it to soak into the wood. Have a sponge, and using hot water, gently clean the window frame. When you are satisfied with your cleaning, rinse it thoroughly. Dry it with a clean cloth and allow it to dry. 

e. Wooden Door 

Removing mold from a door is quite complex, for wood is porous. At times, you might be cleaning the outer surface yet the source might be deep in between the wood. If your door is painted, however, it would be hard for the mold to penetrate through.  

Use the required detergent, spray it on the door. Using a soft bristle brush, scrub the mold off in circular motion. Rinse the door with clean water, wipe it and allow it to dry. 

f. Composite Deck 

This is more difficult due to the porous nature of the composite deck. Ensure that you remove all items and expose the whole surface that contain mold. Ensure that the deck is dry, then apply the cleaning agent. Gently scrub the mold. Rinse it up with clean water and allow it to dry. 

g. Wooden Deck 

Clear off the area. Make sure that you expose all the surface that has been infected with the mold. Then use the cleaning agent that you settled on and wipe off or scrub the mold. Allow it to dry properly. You can then put back whatever that was there. 

h. Wooden Floors 

First you need to clear all furniture from the floor and expose all the mold infected area. You can then apply your preferred mold cleaning agent. 

Clean as per the instructions, that is wiping away or gentle scrubbing. Rinse with clean water then ensure that the floor dries up well, before putting your furniture back. 

Keep checking on the spot regularly to avoid chances of the mold growing back unnoticed. 

i. Wooden Walls 

First, you need to access the damage to determine the type of cleaning agent to use. Using your cleaning agent, spray the wall and allow it to soak. Using a soft brush, scrub off the mold in circular motions. Rinse with clean water, wipe with a clean cloth. Allow the door to dry. 

If your wall had an insulation, cut open the material to expose the extent of the mold. Clean it up and allow it to dry. However, if a lot of damage has been caused to your wall, consider replacing the damaged parts. 

Prevent Mold from Growing on Wood 

In solving the problem of mold in your home, you need to look at the causes that make the mold to grow and prevent them. Here, the best approach is to eliminate all conditions that facilitate the growth of mold. 

Mold thrives in areas that have a high moisture content. So the best way of eliminating the presence of mold in your home and specifically on your wooden appliances, try to eliminate moisture. Here, use dehumidifiers and air conditioners. This will reduce the moisture content in your home. It is also advisable that you keep your house at humid levels of below 60%. 

Your house has air conditioners, here, you need to keep the filters and drip pans as clean as possible. Ensure that the Ac system is clean and without any form of form of obstruction. This will ensure an efficient Ac system.  

At times it is good to insulate surfaces that easily get in touch with water. These could be wooden walls, floors or the chairs. Insulation will reduce the amount of exposure to moisture content. 

It is very vital to always dry wet surfaces as soon as you notice the presence of water. As earlier discussed, water has moisture, which is an essential element in the growth of mold. 

When you have any leakages on your drainage or water system, ensure to have them repaired. When water leaks onto your wooden surfaces, mold can start to grow there. Have your drainage and plumbing system regularly checked to avoid any form of leakage. 

On your cooling and heating system, have it checked by a specialist to ensure that it is of correct size according to the house. And that it is properly working. Also, ensure that there are no leakages on your duct system. This will ensure efficient elimination of moisture, and prevent the growth of mold on your wooden appliances. 

During a warm weather, open your windows and doors to allow free circulation of natural air. This will allow your house to dry up in most of the areas. 

While in your kitchen and you notice moisture building up on your windows, it is good to turn off some appliances that are not in use. On kitchen appliances like chopping board, you can oil them with a coat of any safe oil. This will prevent the growth of mold, as oil does not allow absorption of moisture. 

When it comes to surfaces that can be painted, consider using an anti-mold type of paint. You can paint your chairs, window panes, among other surfaces with this type of paint. 

In the event that you clean up your wooden appliances, ensure to have them dried up thoroughly to avoid them becoming damp and attracting mold spores. 

It is also important to regularly clean your house with mold-killing products. You can always wipe your chairs, window panes and other wooden surfaces with these anti-mold cleaning agents. This way, you shall be preventing the growth of mold in your home. 

To avoid a lot of moisture in your bathroom, open the windows while taking a shower. 

The above discussed are ways of identifying mold on wooden surfaces, how to clean it up and how to prevent its growth on wood.