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How to Remove Mold From Wood

What is Mold?

What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that grows on organic matter, such as wood or drywall. There are many different kinds of mold and they can be found almost anywhere–in your home, school or workplace. Some types of mold are toxic (they cause illness) while others are not.
Common types of mold include:

  • Cladosporium – Found in soil and on plants; causes allergic reactions in some people; produces allergens which may cause asthma attacks in sensitive individuals; rarely causes infections on skin surfaces but can lead to serious infections if inhaled over time
  • Aspergillus – Commonly found outdoors where it grows on decaying plant matter such as leaves or grass clippings; produces spores which may cause respiratory problems if inhaled over time

Identifying Mold on Wood

If you’re not sure whether your wood has mold, the first step is to check for signs of it. The following are some of the most common indicators:

  • A musty odor in the air or on objects in your home (such as books or clothing)
  • Mold growth on surfaces like walls and ceilings
  • Visible stains on wood surfaces

Removing Mold From Wood

To remove mold from wood, you will need to use soap and water. You can also use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, which are both natural cleaners that will kill the mold. Bleach is also an option but should be used sparingly as it can damage your furniture if not used properly. Borax is another good option for removing mold from wood because it kills bacteria while leaving behind no residue or smell after drying (although some people find this powdery substance annoying).
If you have time before starting your project, let the furniture sit outside in direct sunlight for a few days so that any remaining moisture evaporates out of it before beginning work on cleaning up your piece of furniture

Preventing Mold Growth on Wood

  • Keep wood dry.
  • Use fans and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air.
  • Use mold resistant products, such as paints, stains and varnishes. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions when using these products on your wood surfaces so that you don’t damage them or make them less effective at preventing mold growth in the future!
  • Clean regularly with soap-and-water solutions or mild bleach solutions (1/4 cup bleach per gallon of water)

DIY Mold Removal Kits

There are many types of mold removal kits available. You can find them in most hardware stores, and they come with everything you need to remove mold from wood.

  • The kit is easy to use, so it’s great for DIYers who aren’t familiar with how to clean up mold.
  • Some kits come with protective gear like gloves and masks, which will help you keep yourself safe while working on the job site. Cons: * It may take longer than other methods because there are more steps involved in using a kit than just spraying or wiping down surfaces with bleach solution or vinegar-based cleaners (see below).

Professional Mold Removal

If you have a mold problem in your home, it’s important to remember that not all types of molds are harmful. Molds are actually quite common and can grow on just about anything–from wood to drywall to carpeting. And while some molds can be dangerous if they’re allowed to spread unchecked, many people don’t know how serious the problem could become until it’s too late.
If you suspect that there is mold growing in your home or office space, it’s best to contact a professional for help right away before it becomes widespread throughout the building. The longer you wait before taking action against the spread of this fungus-like substance, the more likely it will be harder (and more expensive) for them to remove later down road once things start getting out control!


  • Vacuuming is a good way to remove mold from wood.
  • You’ll need a vacuum that has strong suction and can be used on hard surfaces, such as tile or wood.
  • Be sure to wear safety goggles when vacuuming, as well as long sleeves and pants if possible.

Mold Resistant Paint

There are several types of paint that can be used to prevent mold from growing on wood. The most common is latex paint, which is available in both oil-based and water-based varieties. Oil-based latex paints are more durable and have a longer lifespan than water-based ones, but they’re also more expensive and harder to apply because they require ventilation when you’re using them indoors. Water-based latex paints dry much faster than their oil counterpart, making them ideal for quick touch ups or small projects like painting a door or window frame without having to wait hours before moving on to the next step in your project (or going back inside).
You’ll need an applicator brush or roller depending on how large an area needs covering with new coating; if there are only small areas of exposed wood showing through old layers of chipped off paint then using an applicator brush will be sufficient whereas larger surfaces may require using rollers instead so as not waste any material unnecessarily during application process..

Mold Resistant Sealants

There are several types of sealants that can be used to prevent mold from growing on wood. They include:

  • Waterbased sealants, which are often made from natural ingredients and are safe for the environment. They’re usually less expensive than oil-based ones, but may require more frequent application as they tend to wear away faster.
  • Oil-based sealants, which offer better protection against moisture damage than water-based products (they last longer). However, they’re not recommended for use indoors because they release toxins when exposed to sunlight over time.
  • Silicone-based products like silicone caulk or caulking gun adhesive will keep water out of your house while also providing an extra layer of protection against insect infestation if you choose this option!


Now that you know how to remove mold from wood, it’s time to put your new knowledge into practice. The most important thing is prevention, so make sure that your home is well-ventilated and dry. If you do find yourself in a situation where mold has already taken hold of your wooden furniture or household items, don’t panic! You can easily get rid of it with these simple steps:

  • Clean off any visible mold with soap and water
  • Use an anti-fungal spray on any remaining stains (be sure to test this on an inconspicuous area first)
  • Let everything dry completely before putting back into use
Harvey B. Larkins
Harvey B. Larkins
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