How to Prevent and Remove Mold from Wood Doors
Summer is the time when nature flourishes and thrives. The sight of newly blossoming flowers, leaves and plants all make the wait for the season worthwhile. However, the one thing that grows mostly in summer that is not so highly anticipated is mold. Mold can infest and destroy all kinds of surfaces but wood is particularly vulnerable due to its porous nature. So, how do you prevent mold from damaging your true divided lite doors or custom flat panel doors? Here are some tips for the prevention and removal of mold.
- Control the indoor climate of your establishment: Mold forms quickly in environments that are hot and humid. To prevent moisture problems that can lead to mold, make sure that your air-conditioner and dehumidifier are functioning and on the proper settings. Also, consider setting the thermostat in your business to 78 degrees F.
- Shut windows and doors when the AC is on: Leaving the windows and doors open to your establishment when the air conditioning is running wastes money and lets humid air into your home. The result is condensation, which creates favorable conditions for the growth of mold. Therefore, keep the windows and doors shut when the AC is running in your business.
- Monitor humidity levels: Ideally, the humidity levels of your business should be between 35 to 50 percent. To keep check of this, consider purchasing an indoor humidity monitor. They start at less than $20 while more sophisticated models that simultaneously and remotely track several rooms can be as high as $200.
- Have Your AC unit checked and serviced: Inspect the condensate drain pipe to make sure it’s dripping regularly. To prevent blockage and mold buildup, pour a cup of bleach mixed with water down the drain annually. Also, check the filter to make sure that it is clean and does not contain mold itself. If you suspect a problem, call your HVAC professional.
How to Remove Mold from Wood Doors
- Wear protective gear—an air mask and goggles are a must.
- Vacuum the area to collect loose spores.
- Use soap and water on painted or stained wood; use bleach on raw wood.
- Sand the area to eliminate residual mold, if necessary.
- Consider hiring a professional as you may inadvertently release mold into the air or inhale it yourself.
Yes, doors go through quite a bit of wear and tear over their lifetime. This can lead to some very embarrassing and inconvenient situations. However, a good way to head off many of these problems is by following the above tips.