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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-18-2011, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Mold in cabin?

Went to the cabin this weekend.It was 5 weeks since the last time I was up. We really had alot of rain since then. I usually don't see any mold around but this time I had mold on the outside of a cupboard and on some folding chairs and a little bit a few other places. I always let 2 windows part ways open to help prevent this. I open up the doors under the sink and put a container of Damp Rid under there. What else could I be doing to keep mold from forming when the weather is really damp for a while?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 04:11 AM
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Re: Mold in cabin?

If you keep the electricity on, run a dehumidifier big enough for the area and use the type that drains itself outside through a hose. Pick up a cheap humidity gauge to help keep an eye on how its going. 40% is pretty good if you have a lot of wood surfaces.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 11:06 AM
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Re: Mold in cabin?

What do you do if you don't have electricity?
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 11:33 PM
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Re: Mold in cabin?

crushed charcoal will absorb moisture and can be dried out for re-use. I'd make shallow wooden boxes out of 1x3 firring strips. Just an idea.

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-21-2011, 05:03 PM
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Re: Mold in cabin?

"I always let 2 windows part ways open to help prevent this."
It usually works. But with all the rain we had the air was saturated and the breeze / airflow couldn't keep up. Wipe it down with bleach and water and you should be fine again. Get some charcoal for the future.

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-21-2011, 07:27 PM
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Re: Mold in cabin?

It would also help to give those areas mentioned, that are prone to mold forming when the place is empty, a quick wipe down before leaving.

Those pre-moistened disinfectant wipes should work?

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-22-2011, 11:34 AM
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Re: Mold in cabin?

I usually keep my windows closed tight, with a few upper level windows with no blinds to let sunlight in. Never see mold.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-22-2011, 11:44 AM
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Re: Mold in cabin?

I kind of question the open window trick. Moister can always be in the air and brought in especially during the damp months. We keep our camp tight as a drum and hardly ever go to camp and we do not have issue with mold. We do usually wipe things down when we get there and leave though.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 01:09 AM
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Re: Mold in cabin?

I don't have a problem with mold, but I do have a problem with musty odor. Every time I come home from camp, I have to wash everything such as jackets and coats because they smell. I even have to air out the duffel bags that we put our clothing in. We clean the camp on a regular basis, but it is in the furniture, mattresses, everything. Wish I could resolve this problem.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 02:01 AM
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Re: Mold in cabin?

We wash our camp walls (paneling) with murphy's oil soap a couple times a year and it really helps keep the wood from getting mold on it.

Another thing we noticed is the overhead trees, if your camp doesn't get any sunshine on the roof it will stay damp for a long time.

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