Mold on Antique Furniture and Clothing
Before we talk about mold on antiques, it helps to
understand a little about mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are the same
thing. They are one of thousands of verities
of fungus that grow on all kinds of fibrous material including but
certainly not limited to wood, leaves, paper, natural fiber fabric, leather and
many other materials. The term growing implies that the fungus is expanding which
it does while it digests (eats) what ever it is growing on. When there is mold
growing on fabric, the fabric is actually being consumed and ultimately weakened
to the point that it will simply fall apart. The same thing ultimately happens to
leather and wood but it takes much longer because the
amount of material to be digested compared to the surface area where mold can live is
Mold and mildew growing on Furniture often involves fabric, leather, and wood
at the same time. Each must be considered to be a separate problem and treated
separately. Eliminating the odor basically requires that you spray diluted
OdorXit Concentrate on the areas where the mold is growing. Removing the stains
and coloration left by the mold is another much more difficult problem that
is beyond the scope and ability of OdorXit products.
Antique clothing that smells of mold can be sprayed with
OdorXit Concentrate solution to eliminate the odor. This is often very effective but not
always. If the piece is washable, it can be treated with OdorXit
Concentrate while you wash it in detergent or Woolite® by hand or in a washing machine. The key is
to allow the piece to soak for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing the detergent
and OdorXit out.
For objects and materials that can not tolerate a liquid product like paper,
and materials you just don't want to get wet, use the OdorXit AQM ClO2
product. This product uses a small amount of powder safely enclosed
in a very special white micro pouch packet that allows water vapor in and chlorine
dioxide gas out. The chlorine dioxide gas oxidizes all mold
funguses and mold spores it comes in contact with. The oxidized mold and
spores can then be brushed or wiped off. This product will not repair
the damage done by the mold.
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