Asked on Dec 09, 2014

Mold on my wooden door

Rabs
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I got a new door for my bathroom. It is laminated but the mold is growing through and grows out from below between the wood and laminate. It looks some what like mushrooms and has to be cut off every few days.
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  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Dec 09, 2014
    Not good! I think I'd consider replacing the door.Is there a current moisture problem in the bathroom?

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    • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Dec 09, 2014
      @Rabs Don't need mold growing in the house! The problem may have started before you got it.

  • Sheila Sheila on Dec 10, 2014
    How long have you had this "new" door? I would take it down and return it! New doors shouldn't grow mushroom like mold!

    • Melissa Melissa on Dec 10, 2014
      @Sheila especially not if its laminated!! I would take it back too!!!

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 10, 2014
    It's a new door the carpenter who brought it has disappeared Is there any way to 'kill ' it

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 10, 2014
    I tried using plant pesticide But no use

  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Dec 10, 2014
    Perhaps with an anti-fungal treatment, but being a laminated door, getting it wet with treatment may damage it. Laminate is usually applied over a particle board that expands when wet, then falls apart.

  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Dec 10, 2014
    Pesticide isn't what you'd need. You may have to replace the door. Sorry.

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 10, 2014
    So then what can I do A new door would be very expensive

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 10, 2014
    Thank you very much all of u specially Adrianne I have to buy a new door So be it

  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Dec 10, 2014
    You're welcome. Sometimes you can find used doors much cheaper, although I'd look for a paneled door, or one that's made of real wood.

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 10, 2014
    This was real wood dear It seems the tree must have been weird

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 10, 2014
    I am scared to even buy a new One worried that that too may be bad

  • Jackie Paulson Jackie Paulson on Dec 10, 2014
    Mold is toxic, but try to bleach out the mold, if that does not work, you can sand it then put primer o it that says mold resistant and repaint again.

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 10, 2014
    But Jackie there is no paint

  • Comet Comet on Dec 10, 2014
    @RABS----I suspect that if you are still in India--as your post reads--that you might have some fungus that grows there that we might not have here in a less hot and humid climate. Is this a SOLID WOOD DOOR? Or one made like a layered piece with a nicer "face" and a hollow or "solid" inner layer? Look on the edges and see if it looks like all one piece thruout or if there are different colored edges where the face meets the side---if there IS then this is a "Filled" or "Solid core" door and anything could be in there. Some have strips of heavy duty cardboard in a zig-zag between the outer faces so the outer "skin" doesn't buckle--this would leave a LOT of room for something to get in there and grow. Do you know where the carpenter got the door? Maybe the local hardware store can help figure out what is in there. The carpenter might have had this sitting around and decided to sell it to you and then disappear--happens all the time sadly.

  • Country NaNa Country NaNa on Dec 10, 2014
    You may want to consider taking it down and let it dry-out thoroughly. Then buy a clear sealant paint on a couple of coats, then let dry. afterward, I'd apply a primer thats mold resistant and then finish it with a paint of your choice...or buy a new door..lol

  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Dec 10, 2014
    @rabs not sure about the issues with wood in your country, but what you are describing is definitely sounding like a fungus. Perhaps you could consult with a wood specialist - either a cabinet maker or such to find out what to do. If you are replacing the door you should find a reputable dealer who has been around for while. Hope you find a solution to your problem.

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 10, 2014
    Thank you gail Will do so

  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Dec 11, 2014
    I'm sure this was not a common occurrence and that you can find another without this problem. You've probably also learned the signs leading to this problem as well.

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 11, 2014
    No I have not... Because it just started within Two months of installing

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 11, 2014
    Comet It's a solid wood door He made the door right here

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 11, 2014
    Country na na You think if I let it dry it would be ok Because here we do use a lot of water to wash the bathrooms daily

  • Country NaNa Country NaNa on Dec 13, 2014
    A fungus thrives in dark moist area's and mushrooms send out spores. some types of mushrooms only grow on wood, so it makes since to dry the wood, But to prevent it from returning you would have to find where your having moisture issues, and it doesn't take much moisture to keep this problem going. There is a product called Borate which is environmentally Friendly but deadly to wood-eating fungi and insects. when fungi find a place they like they'll continue to return as long as the place is favorable; so its important to find the moisture problem and keep it from returning. I would suggest that a dehumidifier would possibly help since it's a bathroom door; though, you may find that replacing the door with possibly a metal door would work too. best of luck to you!

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 13, 2014
    Metal!!!! Not a beautiful option don't you think My house is not big and there are other doors leading to bedrooms near it So the doors won't match The bathroom does get sunlight I will try and look for borate Thank you

  • Country NaNa Country NaNa on Dec 23, 2014
    I would be interested in hearing how things turn-out after using the borate. I didn't mean to insult you in any way. I have no way of seeing your house so I only tried to reply to the conditions that a fungus will thrive in. Here in the states there are many options and styles of metal doors,so it was a option I thought you would consider, I hope the borate will work and put an end to your problem so that you can enjoy your home.

  • Rabs Rabs on Dec 24, 2014
    No problem I did not feel insulted Thank yo The borate is not available here in India So I wish you could suggest me something else Merry Christmas to you and all reading this