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Old Yesterday, 10:17 PM   #1
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Mold: not very shiny but need advice

My searchfu is weak, could not find a thread on mold, so here goes:

I have a rental unit. Tenant moved out today and under the cooktop, in the cabinet, there appears to be mold or mildew. The drywall is solid, no pipes above, below, etc, so I guess the heat from the cooktop when cooking caused condensation and after two years we can see it. The paint is semigloss, it seems to be on top. Most of it is green, and there is web like stuff over it.

Now, how to clean it: I read several solutions

Vinegar: one source said was so so in effectiveness

Bleach: seems to be universally a good thing, how about a bleach based cleaning product for the kitchen? There is also a product called Mold Relief, seems to be a bleach based product, reviews seem good.

One source states borax in solution with vinegar ?

I was thinking bleach type product/ scrub, hit it with tea tree oil solution ? One source said tea tree oil will keep it from reoccurring .

Thanks for your help
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Old Today, 01:38 AM   #2
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One product I've heard recommended is called ShockWave by Fiberlock Technologies, Inc. Before I did anything I'd make sure your humidity is a minimum as possible, even if it means going out and buying a dehumidifier. Then personally, I'd shine a UV-C light on it for a day before doing anything else. Check out Amazon or Ebay. Use an outlet in another room to power the UV-C light as you should not expose skin or eyes to it. It will nuke anything living and some things that aren't. Making sure the spores are not viable is the biggest concern before doing anything. Spreading viable spores is the worst thing possible. Do your homework.

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Old Today, 04:42 AM   #3
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Here's an article I saw the other day.

Nothing earth shaking. I've used tree oil and vinegar cut 50% with water. They've worked. The tree oil smells better. I've tried bleach and it doesn't seem as effective. I'm going to try vodka next time.
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Use an enzyme based cleaner for mold. Correct the source of your moisture too.

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Old Today, 08:53 AM   #5
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+1 on not using bleach. All it does is make the mold colorless.

If the spores are green it's not the deadly black Stachybotris so you're looking at something in the penicillium or aspergillis family and is probably feeding off of food.

Pre cleaning I would recommend the tea tree oil and or borax.

I used a product from Zinsser called BIN for some heavily mildewed closets. Be warned it is 50% ethyl alcohol so don't use it in a closed space. DAMHIK.

Get moisture under control and don't refund the tenants deposit for being so poor at cleaning.

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