Asked on Oct 5, 2017

How do you remove old mold or mildew from wood?

DecrepitEddy RadarAmanda


I found a great old crate in my basement, but it appears to be riddled with mold or mildew. I would like to clean it up and start using it, but I don't know how to clean and purify it. Can you help?

5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Wash the entire piece down with white vinegar mixed with water,place outdoes in the sun.Allow the piece to dry out.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Clean it up with soap and water to get most of it off. Rinse it with bleach water to try and inhibit the mold and mildew. I would also finish with a vinegar rinse for the antibacterial and antifungal properties and may also get rid of the musty smell that I am sure is present. Let the vinegar dry on the crate to get the most effect. The smell will go away when it is totally dry.
  • Amanda
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Hi Nancy. Try scrubbing it with bleach water.
  • Eddy Radar
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Spray it with water + wood bleach solution, and when wood is clear, rinse well and let dry.

  • Decrepit
    on Oct 5, 2017

    try using white vinegar in a small area. Be careful if there is a label you want to keep.
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