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Cleaning baskets: MOLD

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Basket Mold Clean-Up Instructions

1. Wear Respirator
Wear a medium-efficiency or high-efficiency filter dust mask or respirator to protect against
the inhalation of mold spores. For the best protection, choose a particle respirator designed
specifically for particle removal. (There are more than one model of a particle respirator on
the market. Models N95 or TC-21C are some examples).
2. Clothing
Wear protective clothing that is easily removed, cleaned, and that covers all areas of the body to
prevent against any dermal (skin) exposure. You may even want to choose a protective outer layer
that can be discarded such as a Tyvek suit. Other personal protective equipment that should worn
are rubber gloves and eye goggles.
3. Evacuate
To avoid unintentional exposure, ask any family members to leave the area during clean-up.
4. Moldy Materials
Enclose all moldy materials in sealed, plastic bags before carrying them away from
the house for proper disposal.
5. Work Outside in an Open Area
Mold pores can easily become airborne; therefore cleaning of your baskets should be
outside and away from the home (be mindful of the wind direction).
6. Containment
Remove the outer layer of work clothing - place in bag & dispose.
7. Air Out / Dry
Air the area out well after cleaning is finished.
  1. Apply a solution of 60-90% alcohol to the moldy area (caution: alcohol is flammable).
  2. Using a nylon brush, lightly brush first across the grain of the wood then changing directions to go with the grain.
  3. Take a rag and wipe clean.
  4. Repeat these steps until mold is no longer visible.
  5. Place the basket outside in the direct sunlight for 8 hours allowing it to dry (natural UV will kill any residual mold while the air dries it fully).
  6. Once dry, remove from direct sunlight to avoid the stain from fading


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