How to Remove Mold From a Wood Cabinet

Every room in your home can suffer from mold, but two rooms, in particular, are at risk of mold. These rooms include your kitchen and bathroom, which can easily develop and retain mold. This can place your wood cabinets at considerable risk of mold growth. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to give up on your cabinets; there is hope for them yet.

What Causes Mold on Wood Cabinets

In many cases, the mold that develops on kitchen cabinets can come from the food that is stored inside them. Generally, the humidity in bathrooms and kitchens can cause mold to easily and quickly develop.

Often this can result directly from a leak or spill and then be quickly nurtured by the high humidity. Even holes the size of a pinprick can cause a significant rise in humidity, leading to mold.

Inside a cabinet, moisture can easily be trapped, making this a severe problem. In fact, moisture from things such as washing dishes without completely drying them first can be enough to cause mold growth.  Another cause may be leaving old food in kitchen cabinets which can mold and spread to the surrounding wood quickly. This is not as common as moisture issues, but it can happen particularly if you leave produce such as potatoes or onions in your cabinets. So, be careful to remove food when it has expired. Also, clean your cabinets regularly, particularly if food has developed any mold inside or there has been a leak or spill.

How to Remove Mold From a Wooden Cabinet

Now that we have discussed how mold can develop on a wooden cabinet, we will discuss how you can remove mold from your wooden cabinets. This is not always possible if the mold has become too severe.

Depending on the severity, particularly if there is a risk that it has spread to the surrounding area, you may need to contact a mold remediation service. This may allow you to save cabinets that have progressed beyond the point of recovery for household cleaners, or they may simply need to be replaced.

Assuming the mold is mild and restricted to the wooden cabinets, you can attempt to clean and remove it with a mixture of bleach and water. Apply this to the wood surface with a spray bottle. Next, use a scrub brush to really clean the surface of the wood.

You will need to be thorough in doing this to cover every affected surface. Remember to wear gloves and eye protection, as well as ensure the area is well-ventilated. Afterward, spray the whole area down with the bleach solution and wipe it down to remove excess moisture.

Final Thoughts

Your kitchen and bathroom are at a high risk of developing mold, and nowhere is at more risk than your wooden cabinets. These areas restrict airflow and can easily retain moisture leading to mold buildup. It is important to check and clean your cabinets regularly and treat them immediately if mold is discovered.

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If your wooden cabinets have developed a mold problem, contact Restore Pro. Our mold remediation professional can treat your mold problem and restore your kitchen to its pre-loss condition. Call us at 1-800-847-0114 and connect with us on Facebook.