How to Remove Mold From Bookcases

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There are probably few things more disheartening for a bibliophile than finding mold on your bookcase. The first thought is of course to just throw the bookcase out, along with anything else the mold has eaten into; however, that bookcase can be saved with some household bleach and elbow grease.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Bleach
  • Rubber gloves
  • Butter knife
  • Towels
  • Protective goggles
  • Face mask
  • Trash bag(s)
  • Remove everything off of the bookcase and, if necessary, discard anything the mold has already damaged. Don protective goggles and a face mask.

  • Use the butter knife to scrape the affected surfaces gently to remove as much of the mold as you can.

  • Wearing rubber gloves, apply a concentration of 1 1/2 cup bleach per gallon of water to the surface using a spray bottle. Allow the area to remain wet for up to 15 minutes to kill all mold spores.

  • Rinse off the bleach-water mixture and dry thoroughly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check around where your bookcase is. Mold requires moisture in order to grow, so its appearance may be evidence of a larger problem you need to fix. This would also be a good time to consider moving the bookcase somewhere else.
  • Mold can cause illness. Disturbing mold causes it to give off spores. The goggles and face mask will minimize the possibility of illness.
  • Ventilation is paramount. You do not want to be breathing in mold spores or your bleach concentration unnecessarily. You actually may want to do this outside.
  • Bleach stains cloths. Do not wear anything you mind being ruined while attempting this project.

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