Remove white mould from wood

Remove White Mould From Wood

Large amounts of white mould can be hazardous to your health, so you should always call a professional to get rid of mould that covers bigger areas or has spread deeply into wood or drywall. However, mould removal on smaller, surface-level areas can be manageable enough to tackle on your own. For DIY cleaning solutions on how to remove mould, see below:

Wear Protective Gear – Even removing mould for small areas will require you to wear safety goggles, a long-sleeved shirt, a mask, rubber gloves, and any other necessary gear that keeps your skin and airways safe from harmful mould spores.

Ventilate If possible, take the affected material outside to treat it. If the mould is part of an immovable structure, open the windows or use a dehumidifier to ensure fresh air flows through the room.

Vacuum The Affected Area – Before removing the mould, use a vacuum to clean up the mouldy area. Vacuuming can help clean mould by minimizing the number of loose spores that spread as you start to wash it.

Wash The Material – Use soap, water, and a soft-bristled scrub brush to scrub down the affected area. If you are working with raw wood, you can use a cloth rag with a small amount of bleach to wipe down the mouldy area. If you are working with drywall, only use a soft rag to clean the mould to avoid scratching the material.

Use Baking Soda – Mixing baking soda with water and applying it to the white mould is another effective removal method. Pour baking soda and water into a spray bottle and let the powder dissolve. Spray the solution onto the mouldy surface, then scrub with a soft brush or soft cloth. You can also spray some of the baking soda and water solution on the mould after the cleaning if it needs additional disinfection.

Use Distilled Vinegar – If you need more mould-destroying power, try spraying the infected area with a bottle of undiluted distilled white vinegar, and leave the treatment on the mould for at least an hour. After it air-dries, you can wipe down the surface with a soft cloth.

Use chlorine bleach – Chlorine bleach is an effective way to eliminate surface mould. You can use a solution of chlorine bleach and warm water to apply to the mould (avoid rinsing). If dealing with a more porous surface, you can add a small amount of dishwashing soap to the mixture—however, with soap, you will have to rinse after application.

Sand the Surface – After you have treated the mould growth, it may be necessary to sand down the affected area, especially if working with a wood surface. Use sandpaper or a sanding tool to buff away the rest of the mouldy wood or other surface and repaint/reseal if necessary.

With DIY Treatment of the moulded wood, there are several steps involved to clean and treat the wood and protect it from further damage.

At Aeris Environmental, we have tailored solutions for all kinds of mould issues.

Duct Coating and Sealant can be painted on the wood where the humidity generates. This will ensure that the wood remains mould free.

The visible mould on the wood can be cleaned by Aeris Mould Pro ™

Duct Coating Sealant
Aeris Mould Pro

By adopting these strategies and investing in the right tools, you can create a home environment that resists mould growth, ensuring a healthier and more comfortable living space for you and your family.