Mold is bad for your health and it’s bad for your home, but did you know that mold is also bad for durable household goods? Many a couch, electrical appliance, antique bedframe, and beautiful heirloom rugs have been destroyed because of mold. But what exactly is happening that leaves your stored goods ruined?
Wood & Metal Furniture Could Be Ruined
One of the biggest negative effects of mold is that it can damage the integrity of your wood and metal furniture. Although metal furniture may be more resistant to mold growth, once it has taken root, mold can cause tarnishing and rusting. While these are definitely visually displeasing sights, they are also displeasing because they weaken the oxidation of the metal and can cause the item to break. In the case of a metal bedframe, this would be a definite problem.
One of the other major negative effects of mold can be seen on wood furniture. Because wood is an organic material, and mold grows more easily on it, furniture made of wood can be easily penetrated by mold. Wood permeated by mold becomes structurally weak, similarly to mold-affected metal, and could possibly even rot. In the case of a wood bookshelf, the furniture may no longer be usable.
Upholstery & Linens Could be Damaged
One of the many negative effects of mold on your durable goods is that mold can permeate through all types of upholstery. Whether the item is a beautiful antique rug, a vintage sofa, or a handmade blanket from the 19th century, mold can and will ruin these items if they’re not properly cared for.
Once these materials have been permeated by mold, it is nearly impossible to save them. Mold gets deep into the pores of these organic materials, like silk or linen, and can infest the entire piece. If you bring a moldy item into your home, you will find that the mold will spread to other items in your house and the damage could be catastrophic.
How to Prevent Mold On Durable Goods
Whether the durable good in question is an antique appliance or a beautiful heirloom dining set, preventing mold from ruining stored items should be a top priority for durable goods.
Mold prevention starts with keeping the relative humidity level in the storage facility under 60%. Humidity levels above 60% are breeding grounds for all types of mold and mildew and could ruin stored items. The best way to regulate relative humidity in a storage facility is to use a dehumidifier along with the HVAC system. This will ensure that temperature and humidity are at the best level for mold prevention.
Learn more about dehumidification for mold prevention with the team at Therma-Stor now.