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Old 10-03-2005, 05:58 AM   #1
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Last winter a wine bottle and a hot sauce bottle exploded in two separate cabinets in my camper. This weekend I noticed mold on the outsides of each cabinet. I cleaned with bleach water. What can I put on to protect the mold from coming back? I think the mold is embedded in the wood on the inside of the cabinet. I had heard about Killz, but it comes out white and then I would have to repaint the cabinets. I am trying to avoid that if at all possible. TIA
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Old 10-03-2005, 05:58 AM   #2
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Last winter a wine bottle and a hot sauce bottle exploded in two separate cabinets in my camper. This weekend I noticed mold on the outsides of each cabinet. I cleaned with bleach water. What can I put on to protect the mold from coming back? I think the mold is embedded in the wood on the inside of the cabinet. I had heard about Killz, but it comes out white and then I would have to repaint the cabinets. I am trying to avoid that if at all possible. TIA
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Old 10-03-2005, 08:17 AM   #3
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Don't use KILZ for this. KILZ does not kilz mold, it only seals the surface so mold does not bleed thru the new paint.

Mold needs food and darkness to grow. Clean the areas again with a bleach solution. Allow to completely dry. Keep the doors open to the cabinets and allow some air flow into the cabinets. You might even put a dehumidifier in the coach for three days with a fan blowing air into the open cabinets - - this allows them to completely dry out. Keep the doors open and allow a small flow of air thru the trailer at all times if possible. If not, put a closet moisture absorber in the cabinet and close. You will have to empty it every couple of weeks. You could go to a local commercial janitorial supply house and obtain a commercial anti-fungicide and use as directed.

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Old 10-04-2005, 09:53 AM   #4
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Thanks Bob, I will try it. My only concern is when we close up for the season and the camper will be sitting all winter long with no one going to check on it. How can I get to the mold that must be imbedded into the wood? Should I spray with bleach water and let sit for a while before cleaning it? I know these questions sound stupid, but I have never dealt with mold before. TIA
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Old 10-04-2005, 01:30 PM   #5
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I am not sure if it will help your problem but we keep a dehumidifier in our fiver when it is parked here. I got one at Lowe's for a little over $100.
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Old 10-05-2005, 03:51 AM   #6
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I had tried a dehumidified before and it sucked the moisture out of the toilet and boy what a smell! I will never do that again...lol. Also the camper stays at a campground all winter with no electric available in the winter.
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I bought a bag of silica gel to pack with my cast iron (in a warehouse). I bought it at Hobby Lobby but it should be available at any hobby store, often used to dry flowers. You dry it out in the oven when it has absorbed all the moisture. It's odourless, fairly cheap and reuseable. I've got the rest of my bag saved. I will most likely sew up little sachets and tuck into my RV clothes closets/drawers/storage containers. But that would require my sewing machine which is in storage!

After you spray with a bleach solution, leave cabinet doors open to dry thoroughly. If no rain let dry at least a week (longer if it rains). Place a pan of the silica in the cabinet and close door. Check on it monthly to see how much moisture it absorbs. You may want to keep a little in an air tight jar or ziplock plastic bag to use as a comparison.
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