How to Clean Mold Off Particle Board

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How to Clean Mold Off Particle Board
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Particle board is a sheet of wood made of wood chips and/or wood shavings that have been resined and compressed together. A cheaper alternative to solid wood, it is commonly used in cabinets, shelves, tables, dressers and sub floors. If mould begins to form on particle board, it needs to be cleaned and removed immediately. If it is not immediately removed, it can spread or leave behind mould stains, which can be difficult or impossible to remove.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Bleach or boric acid
  • Soft or medium-bristled cleaning brush
  • Soft cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Combine one part household bleach with three parts water in a spray bottle. Swirl the mixture to ensure the parts are mixed.

  2. 2

    Spray the diluted bleach onto the particle board. Use a soft or medium-bristled cleaning brush to scrub the mould from the particle board.

  3. 3

    Dampen a soft cloth with cool water and wipe away all remaining bleach.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process as needed until all mould is removed.

  1. 1

    Combine 1/4 cup boric acid with a half gallon of water in a spray bottle.

  2. 2

    Spray the particle board with the cleaning mixture. Allow the mixture to work into the particle board and mould for approximately 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how bad the mould is.

  3. 3

    Spray the particle board with the cleaning mixture. Use a soft or medium-bristled cleaning brush to scrub the mould from the particle board.

  4. 4

    Dampen a soft cloth with cool water and wipe away all remaining boric acid residue. Allow the particle board to air dry.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process as needed until all mould is removed.

Tips and warnings

  • When working with mould, wear a protective breathing mask and gloves.
  • Do not saturate the particle board. This can cause water damage, which can include discolouration, warping, splitting and peeling. Do not use bleach on colour treated or painted particle board, as this can cause discolouration.

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