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Author Topic: Soliciting tips on mold removal  (Read 1262 times)

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Soliciting tips on mold removal
« on: March 22, 2011, 01:36:17 AM »
Need to kill and remove/prevent mold in a car interior and looking to the collective wisdom of the brotherhood for tips.

I would like to kill the stuff permanently.

 A neighbor does asbestos abatement and is willing to let me use the decon bay at his shop if i like.

What say ye oh hive mind ?
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2011, 03:45:46 AM »
The only thing I know of is bleach and a scrub brush.
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2011, 04:07:39 AM »
I'll second that, works great on my basement walls.... probably not so much on your upholstry ???
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2011, 05:55:00 AM »
you must dilute that bleach right??
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2011, 10:22:11 AM »
Mold must be mechanically removed - you can't kill the spores with anything that won't kill YOU. I have fought mold in a car interior (and on some military surplus goods) and the best thing is just to get a carpet extractor and some Woolite (for the pleasant smell and do it about ten times in a row with ALL the upholstery, etc, exposed, until you can stand it. Dry thoroughly between extractions with fans. Mildew CAN be killed with mild bleach as it is more of a "plant" - but the mechanical removal here is the best deal as well. Good luck to you - you are in for a fight ....
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2011, 10:37:17 AM »
you probably have water getting in somewhere like from a leaky windshield gasket. you have to get rid of the moisture.
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2011, 12:24:48 PM »
Don't forget to wear some kind of breathing filter.....mold can make you very sick! No joke. people say its just mold but it can do some crazy stuff to you!
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2011, 01:46:46 PM »
Don't forget to wear some kind of breathing filter.....mold can make you very sick! No joke. people say its just mold but it can do some crazy stuff to you!

Thanks for THAT!! You are very, very correct here ..... black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) is the leading cause of respiratory problems related to mold in this country. It's not to be taken lightly.
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2011, 03:34:06 PM »
Thanks for THAT!! You are very, very correct here ..... black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) is the leading cause of respiratory problems related to mold in this country. It's not to be taken lightly.

Yes sir, I had a basement full of that crap. Scrubbed the walls twice with a 15% bleach solution and so far it hasn't come back. I found that the basement was leaking under the old wood floor and pooling water....damp, humid, and dark...a perfect breeding ground :P
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2011, 04:01:20 PM »
Can diluted bleach affect the leather (color, finish etc.)

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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2011, 07:49:39 PM »
Can diluted bleach affect the leather (color, finish etc.)

Bleach will SMOKE your leather! Scrub it only with saddle soap or other oil-based soap and VACUUM it dry to mechanically remove the mold. Repeat and treat as needed with conditioners to keep the leather from drying out. Leather is the most difficult to treat for mold because what gets rid of the mold often gets rid of the leather ..... Leather is the PERFECT breeding ground for mold if it's damp or dark ..... it's almost as good as your wet wood in your house, Lahti35!
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2011, 09:25:42 PM »
I don't know about upholstery, but Lysol is cheap and works as good as any commercially available mold remover on auto air conditioning systems here in humid Oklahoma. I imagine it would work as well on polyester auto carpet. With leather, try whatever you decide on an inconspicuous spot first...

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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2011, 10:06:01 PM »
Mold is a living organism so like anything; take away one of the things that helps it to live and vacuum up the dry remains. Bleech is good, heat/dry environment is as well. I have seen little dehumidifiers that one can put in their car/home to rid mold. ;)
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2011, 12:20:11 AM »
yeah i remember getting my ford escort back from India and someone had left the window open and rain got in..then the windows were closed and it was put in a sea container and all that heat/humidity pretty much set up shop...upon arrrival, it was a mess....car was totaled as mold had found its way in every nook n cranny...even the plastic....those new Orleans cars were on the market cheap too...i was told depending how bad, its best just to total the car and move on...u don't want to breathing that stuff or expose kid to it as it can create some serious breathing issues...
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Re: Soliciting tips on mold removal
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2011, 07:18:55 AM »
A broken passenger window let the rain in.

Thanks for the tips fellas.
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