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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 20th December 2009, 7:14 pm

Good evening

Been helping DD with her moving this weekend. She's discovered that the back of a couple of her bookcases and parts of her desk are mouldy due to her last place being damp and horrid and the other girls not letting her put the heating on as "their rooms were ok" Evil or Very Mad !!!! What's the best way of cleaning the mould off without spoiling things?

She's very happy in her new little house Very Happy
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Post by MrsC on 20th December 2009, 11:11 pm

I'm afraid that I don't know anything green Embarassed but you can get some great stuff in somewhere like Robert Dyas or Wilkos. We had to use it on a few window frames when we moved and it really shifts the stuff and has something in it to stop it growing back as well. No damage to anything we used it on, but read the label carefully and if necessary wipe with just water straight afterwards.

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Post by Compostwoman on 20th December 2009, 11:30 pm

Bleach in water...wash down stuff as wet as you dare but watch it with wood...

then wipe with a damp cloth...and dry with a cloth/hot air/whatever you have..a cold air fan works better than nothing.

I used to wipe down with diluted lavender eo, but I found any trace of organic stuff just gives mould a chance to re grow?

You don't want to leave any bleach residue on it as it may cause damage and as the bleach dries it converts to salt deposits, which absorb water and are a new spot for mould growth....

Keep an eye on the stuff as mould can come back even in a warm house, especially if a bit humid or where there is a less than ideal airflow...

if it comes back, repeat process..

Also any clothes etc...launder or clean as they can carry spores in to a new environment.

also give all the books a good clean and vac all the tops etc..as mould spores love to lurk there...

This does work, trust me...I live in a solid brick walled house, which was used as a feed store and itinerant worker hostel for a number of years, so lots of mould spores around and it wasn't kept warm or cared for much...and the mould problem we had in some bits was really bad...it is much better now but still...

I have to do the backs of some bookcases every winter about now....

Also even though she wants to keep it warm a good blast of air through the rooms helps a lot..so opening windows to air the room every day is a really good idea!

Hope this helps, good luck L and hope she is very happy in her new home...

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 21st December 2009, 7:32 am

Thanks folks - I knew you'd know ❤

I did think about dilute bleach but wanted to make sure first it was ok to use and wanted to try and avoid anything harsher but if needs be then as a one off use it may be necessary. The bookshelves can stand in front of the radiator to dry. The books themselves, luckily, seem ok. Her clothes seem ok too as the wardrobe was against an inside wall, it's just the stuff that was next to an outside wall.

The new house is mid terraced and double glazed so should be nice and dry, the windows look ok, no condensation or mould there so I think it should be well ventilated. A new air brick has been put in under the front room window (cold draft coming through so is a thick curtain ok in front of it to stop the draft but keep the ventilation??)
I'll get her to open the back windows and door for a bit more ventilation as the house is right on the street.

And thank you for all your good wishes for her
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Post by Compostwoman on 21st December 2009, 11:44 am

❤ oh, one thing...use bleach rather than ecover powder bleach...I have found the Ecover stuff just doesn't work as well in this particular case..not sure why, but there you go!

Hope L has a very happy time in her new home fleurs to her

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Post by Princess Butterfly on 24th January 2010, 9:43 pm

The diluted bleach worked wonderfully. Thanks a lot Very Happy
Have discovered mould on a lot of my clothes as well so I'm in the process of washing EVERYTHING! Not good for my bills but I would rather spend a bit of money than be ill!!
So glad to be out of that house!! No mould or damp or anything in the new one :cheers:
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Post by Jaded Green on 24th January 2010, 9:48 pm

I cannot understand people who won't have the heat on and make others suffer! You are well out of that place.

Glad you are settled in your new house.


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