Mold is a fungus that can become toxic if left to prolonged periods of exposure to moist conditions. If the mold is on a nonporous surface, it is easier to clean than a patch of mold discovered on a porous surface. Wood is very delicate when it comes to cleaning because oversaturation can lead to the warping of wood paneling, cabinets, doors or floors. Household cleaners are not recommended for use on wood paneling because the chemicals can cause discoloration and damage.
Things You'll Need
- Vacuum with a soft-bristle attachment
- Face mask
- Soft cloth or sponge
- Hot, soapy water
- Antibacterial spray
Vacuum the moldy area gently with the soft-brush attachment while wearing the face mask. This prevents mold spores that can be dispersed into the air from being inhaled and causing health problems.
Dip the cloth or sponge into the hot, soapy water.
Wring out excess water.
Gently scrub the mold until all of it is removed.
Spray lightly with an antibacterial spray.
Use a fan to dry the surface immediately.
Tips & Warnings
- Antibacterial spray will kill the mold spores that are too small to see. Spraying lightly will prevent oversaturation and avoid damaging, discoloring and warping the wood panel. Drying the surface immediately following the removal of the mold will encourage the wood to keep its shape instead of warping. After cleaning up the mold, take preventative measures to ensure that the mold will not grow again. Reduce or remove all moist conditions from the room. If removing or reducing the moisture conditions are impossible, set up a fan to circulate the air and blow in a rotating fashion.
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