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Tips for restoring old furniture

The restorers of antique furniture, both professional and amateurs alike, have one thing in common, the desire to make a good restoration of old pieces or even antique furniture which can give a new look and can even recover all the old glory and look that furniture previously provided.

All furniture restoration involves a series of processes to face any type of work, which is necessary to have an old dresser or even a type of antique chair as close to the original condition as possible. Most of the time it is much more than just performing a small restoration, you are making the old furniture can be used again and this should happen for a long time, including you must be adding a final value.

For this reason, we will give you some very interesting tips on the subject that will definitely help you to restore all the old furniture in a way that is much more professional and still save much more time and money.

First of all, analyze the time you will have to invest in your project

Let’s say you just found a very beautiful and old table, the one that is perfect for the right price when it is restored. This table is often well damaged by time but it needs a little care to be beautiful and special. Without a doubt, you can already see how you will be sitting in your living room using the old table. Despite this, it is important to remember that small projects can become a very time-consuming task, and depending on your restoration skills and how many hours are free you should dedicate a lot to your work.

Without a doubt the more complex the tasks you perform, the longer it will take to finish your project, so try to have enough patience and the certainty of a good time on your agenda, or even if you are totally willing to give this type many weekends to finish the job. The use of deep indentations, for example, can take hours to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions about Black Mold

Mold comes in various shapes & colors including black mold, white, gray, yellow, green, pink mold, or brownish. Living mold looks fuzzy, velvety, or slimy and can grow on anything that has moisture. Some molds form a big stain while others come in patches that are spread out. Mold spores grow rapidly in areas of excessive moisture including leakage that could have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or areas where flooding has occurred. Other products such as paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products that could be sitting in your garage or basement provide conducive growth environments for molds.

Black mold can be commonly found in areas such as behind the wall, in an air duct, bathroom, basement corner, inside a closet, on the ceiling, in an attic, under a kitchen sink, on shower curtains, crawl spaces, etc. Go here to read on common areas of mold growth.

Mold fungus is always floating in the air and dust, so it is practically impossible to remove all mold spores. However, indoor mold can be reduced by controlling the moisture & heat levels. Taking the following steps will reduce mold growth in your home:

  • Repair all water leaks & dry the affected area immediately. Mold resulting from water damage i.e. leaks, floods, storms can cause serious health problems. Go here to read how to fix black mold from water damage.
  • Use insulation in the attic & ceiling areas to minimize the congestion of hot air in the attic. The attic is the space found between the ceiling of the top floor of the home & slanted roof. Mold development in the attic occurs often because the heat that rises from the floors of a home evaporate into the attic, from which they have nowhere to go.
  • Provide good air circulation in your home by using exhaust fans. Exhaust fans remove odor, smoke & moisture from rooms in your home thus making an important part of a heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems.
  • Measure humidity levels in your home. When the relative humidity in your home exceeds 50% – 55%, nasty substances such as Black mold, bacteria, dust mites, viruses & another fungus will accumulate & grow.

Mold can be found in various places inside & outside the home. It appears often in wet or moist areas that have excess hot air. Mold can be identified by its fuzzy, velvety, or slimy stainish appearance or its musty smell. Mold cannot grow without water or moisture so it is important to dry out wet areas of the home using exhaust fans, dehumidifiers, etc. Typically, this should be done within 24 – 48 hours after mold detection as mold grows & multiplies rapidly.

If you are feeling the effects of mold poisoning, or the musty smell in your home is just unbearable, then there are signs mold in your home has grown large. Usually, mold that has grown bigger than 10 square inches should be removed by a professional mold removal company. If not, then you can follow our practical tips to mold removal guide to do it yourself.

An initial mold inspection is done to find areas of moisture in your home where mold could rapidly grow. The basic steps a mold inspector will follow include:

  • Evaluate existing black mold in the home
  • Identify areas & sources of moisture
  • Investigate environmental conditions that could cause mold to grow
  • Mark areas in the home where mold is infested
  • Take photos of affected moldy areas and show it to the homeowner
  • Offer steps to remove mold, cost & time involved, preventive measures, etc.

Differences between Mold & Mildew

Mold & Mildew have similar characteristics but they are very different. Mold is a fungus that grows in moist or damp places. Mold spores grow very rapidly in areas of excessive moisture including leakage that could have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or areas where flooding has occurred. Other products such as paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products that could be sitting in your garage or basement provide conducive growth environments for molds. Mold can be identified by its musty smell or color including black mold, blue & pink mold. While most mold is harmless, some black molds can be toxic & have health implications including mold poisoning.

Mildew on the other hand is a type of fungus that grows on moist surfaces including bathtubs, shower & shower curtains, basement attics, drapes, floors, tiles, wood frames, concrete & insulation. A fungus is any microscopic organism that survives in a moist environment. The image above is mildew developing on a leaf. Mildew is an important part of the environment; without it, leaves would not decay and soil enrichment would not be possible. Mildew has an awful smell and also poses health risks especially to those with asthma, allergies to mold, etc. Mildew usually has a gray or whitish color & can look powdery or very fuzzy. While there is no practical way to eliminate all mold & mildew in your home, the way to control indoor mold growth is to limit moisture. During humid weather, use an air conditioner or humidifier to keep the moisture at below 60 degrees. If you have leaks in your roof or sealing, repair them immediately as this will prevent mold spores from entering into your home. Mildew can develop in a home within 24 – 48 hours after water damage. The water damage can be for several reasons including:

  • Flooding
  • A damp or wet basement
  • Wet crawl space
  • Overflow of water from sink or bathtub
  • High humidity due to steam cooker pressure, humidifiers or dryer vents

Tutorial video on how to remove mildew from grout. The girl in the video mixes vinegar & baking soda until she gets a nice solid mixture. Using a toothbrush, she scrubs the grout hard with the mixture. This helps to make the grout look a lot whiter. After scrubbing the mildew from the grout, you want to kill any mildew that you cannot see with your eye by spraying it with the Concrobium Mold Killing solution.

Mold Testing Tips

If you are purchasing an older home, it is best to have it inspected for mold or fungus that could have developed in areas such as the attic, basement, garage, bathrooms or even in the garden. Mold testing is a process by which a home is inspected for fungus or bacteria and is carried out by a certified professional. While the test will not identify the type of mold in your home or its specific location, it will tell you the counts of mold (how many places mold was found). You should be aware that almost all homes carry some form of mold, be it toxic or non-toxic. Toxic molds have health consequences & can lead to mold poisoning while non-toxic molds are harmless and can be removed by following simple procedures such as removing them with the Concrobium Mold Control Solution. It is the best liquid solution to kill mold. It contains no bleach, ammonia or VOCs. When this solution is sprayed on mold, it works as it dries, killing mold in the process. Concrobium Mold Control solution hardens itself over the moldy surface to form an invisible film that physically crushes the mold & micro-organism underneath. Go here to learn tips to get rid of black mold.

Mold tests vary in scope & quality and many times homeowners don’t really need to pay to have one done as signs of mold are already present in the home. E.g. a musty smell in the basement or bathroom or visible signs of mold growing in certain areas of your home are enough to make the conclusion that the home does have mold problems.

Mold Sampling is the process whereby after identifying a potential mold problem in your home, you determine to find out what type of mold it is. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention does not recommend you sampling molds because i) it can get expensive and ii) it is not worth the effort. If your home contains mold, there is a potential health risk. Therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. If you find that mold testing tells you the mold is larger than 10 square feet, you should consult a mold inspection professional to determine the source of the mold & immediate removal. You should also talk to your mold professional about how to prevent toxic mold from further growth in vulnerable areas in your home. Typical solutions are cleaning the attic in your roof, fixing a broken roof tile that lets water pass through, eliminating too much moisture from your bathrooms/showers by opening the windows & cleaning regularly, etc.

If the mold is large & toxic, you should never try to do it yourself. Always consult a professional mold inspector because i) he will be trained to deal with such risks and ii) he will have the appropriate gear & equipment to protect himself i.e. gloves, goggles, etc.

Spores of Mold occur indoors & outdoors of the home & can enter your home through open doorways, windows, heating, ventilation, & air conditioning systems with outdoor air intakes. Spores of mold can also get attached to clothing, bags, shoes, & pets who would bring them into the home when entering. Mold spores grow very rapidly in areas of excessive moisture including leakage that could have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or areas where flooding has occurred. Other products such as paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products that could be sitting in your garage or basement provide conducive growth environments for molds.

Eye-opening video that shows mold that can grow in areas you never thought of including mold hidden under floors, mold hidden behind walls, mold in contaminated ductwork, mold hidden in attic spaces, mold in basements.

How to Remove Carpet Mold

Most of us have some carpet installed in our homes whether it is our bedroom, living room, or the closet. If the carpet gets mixed with water from a flood or leak, then it is most likely growing mold & salvaging such a carpet may not be worth it. Carpet cleaning will NOT kill the mold & home experts recommend destroying any carpet that has become soaked with water be ripped apart & thrown away. If wet carpeting is not removed, mold spores will continue to grow & spread over time to surrounding areas; something you want to avoid. Carpets soaked with lots of water become known as ‘mold farm.’

Black mold removal works best when the source of the moisture or mold is removed. If you follow the steps in our guide to Cleaning a Mold Problem in your Home, you will notice we say to remove the source of the Moisture in Step i). This is critical as it stops water from leaking & mold from growing rapidly. Such methods would work on tiles, hardwood floors, basement walls & the attic because they are thick and water does NOT soak in them. However, carpet is a thin material, and water gets easily soaked in it. Such creates great breeding grounds for mold as the mold is a fungus that grows on moist or damp places. Mold spores grow very rapidly in areas of excessive moisture including leakage that could have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or areas where flooding has occurred including carpets.

If the carpet is not soaked with water & the flooding was due to a minor leak, it is better to remove the mold using mold killing techniques. This means you do not have to replace the entire carpet, which can get expensive. When removing mold from a carpet, here are the steps to follow:

  1. If your carpet is wall to wall, begin from the area where there is visible mold i.e. a stain or musty smell and fold the carpet.
  2. If there is padding underneath the carpet, be sure to remove it and check the floor for any moisture/water. If there is, dry it with a dehumidifier or an exhaust fan. See the image on the right if you don’t understand what padding is.
  3. Wash the floor with the Concrobium Mold Killing solutionConcrobium Mold Control Solution is the best liquid solution to kill mold. It contains no bleach, ammonia or VOCs. When this solution is sprayed on mold, it works as it dries, killing mold in the process. Then, dry this area with a piece of cloth and scrub it hard until it is clear & smell free.
  4. Next, you will want to dry out the carpeting to remove any moisture/wet liquid that is soaked in it. This is best done by placing several exhaust hot heater fans near the carpet to evaporate the moisture. During this process, be sure to wear goggles, long-sleeved dress & open your windows to let the moisture evaporate outside of the home.
  5. If you found fungus beneath the carpet in the padding area, remove the entire padding & replace it with a new one. It is not worth cleaning fungus, as it will re-grow fast.
  6. Lay the carpet down & scrub it with a vacuum cleaner that is HEPA certified. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air, and a HEPA filter is one designed to trap particles as small as 3 microns in size as well as filter 99.97 percent of these particles out of the air.

Basic video going over how to clean mold stains in Carpets. Mold can develop around the edges of your carpet if you walk in to the door with dirty shoes, or if water reaches the edges of your carpet. She talks about sucking up all the dirt from the edges of the carpets using a suction device & drying the area. Then using a mold killing solution, kill the mildew using appropriate steps.

Concrobium Mold Killing Solution

Concrobium Mold Control Solution is the best liquid solution to kill mold. It contains no bleach, ammonia or VOCs. When this solution is sprayed on mold, it works as it dries, killing mold in the process. Concrobium Mold Control solution hardens itself over the moldy surface to form an invisible film that physically crushes the mold & micro-organism underneath. How is it different from bleach? Traditionally, homeowners have tackled black mold with bleach solutions, essentially poisoning the mold micro-organism. That leaves users and their families exposed to harmful chemicals. Furthermore, bleach provides only a temporary solution to mold problems, as when the bleach dries away, mold will re-surface & the entire toxic cleaning cycle will begin. Where & how is this product used? Mold removal professionals use Concrobium Mold Control solution for:

  • Mold remediation in homes, businesses and government institutions
  • Pre-treatment of building materials for mold protection
  • Mold maintenance and prevention in vulnerable facilities such as schools and hotels

This product is available at all major stores including the Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Loblaws, Lowe’s, Home Hardware, Totem Building Supplies, etc. E.g. a 4-liter Concrobium Mold Killer solution retails for $39.97 at the Home Depot making it very affordable.

  • Kills mold and mold spores
  • Prevents mold growth
  • Patented technology
  • Contains No Ammonia, Bleach Or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Eliminates musty odors
  • 100% natural and biodegradable, odorless and colorless