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Why is Wood Susceptible to Mold?

Most of us have experienced finding an unsightly spot of mold on lumber or another wooden item. You may wonder if this small patch of spores can damage the structural integrity of the wood, and question how this mold appeared at all. This article will examine why wood seems to be so susceptible to mold and what to do when those sneaky spores strike.

Why Does Wood Become Moldy?

An important concept to understand is that wood, no matter how strong, is still an organic material. Wood is composed of sugars and starches even after it is cut down, which mold craves to consume. This means that wood can and will be decomposed by mold if left in the right conditions.

What Conditions Allow it to Thrive?

Think about the areas where you commonly find mold. Most likely you’ll find it growing around shower tiles, sinks, or somewhere in a basement or cellar. Mold always survives best in warm and wet conditions. In order to protect wood from becoming moldy, we must try to secure it from moisture. Wood can oftentimes become exposed to moisture discreetly through condensation, so it is important to remain vigilant when storing lumber.

What Should I Do if I Find Mold?

Luckily, mold isn’t always detrimental to the structure of wood. Many times the mold can simply be cleaned off as it hasn’t penetrated the wood’s surface. However, it is important to check whether or not the wood is rotting, especially if it is being used as structural support.

How to Check for Rotting Wood

It is easy to tell whether mold is causing the wood to rot or just sitting harmlessly on its surface. Take a nail and try to push it into the wood. If it can be forced through completely, the wood is most likely rotten and should be thrown away. If not, the wood is structurally sound and needs only a quick clean to get rid of the surface mold. It is always good to get your home tested for mold, since some parts of homes have mold hiding in their attic.

How to Remove Mold from Wood

Mold can be easily removed with bleach and a little scrubbing. It is important to spray down the area with a cleaner before wiping to ensure that mold spores aren’t being spread into the air. Check that the storage space is completely secure from moisture before cleaning off the mold. Otherwise, you’ll most likely have to repeat this process.

Preventing Mold

Now that you understand why mold occurs so frequently on wood, you can easily prevent a mold outbreak from happening in the future. As long as your lumber is stored properly and you use a cleaner to prevent spores from spreading, you will have to worry about your wood rotting no longer. Be sure to share this information with your friends and family so that they can combat wood mold, too.

Staining Your Deck

How long does it take for deck stain to dry before rain?

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Many homeowners love using their wooden deck throughout the year, but decks require periodic maintenance efforts to keep them looking great and to promote maximum longevity of the wood. You may have applied a protective stain or sealant on the wood at the time of original construction, but stains and seals can wear off over time and must be re-applied. Smart homeowners will check outdoor weather conditions to choose the best day to apply stain. After all, rain can easily wipe away the efforts of a hard day’s work if it rains before your stain is dry. By understanding the factors that affect stain drying times, you can better plan when to apply stain to your deck.

The Type and Amount of Stain Used

There are several factors that influence stain drying time, and one of the most significant of these factors is the type of stain that you use. You can choose between a water-based or an oil-based stain product. If you are concerned about the potential for a storm to pass through the area, a water-based stain is ideal. This type of stain will dry significantly faster than an oil-based stain. In addition, the amount of stain being applied should also be considered. Deck stain should only be applied with a roller or a stain pad rather than with a paint brush. It should be applied spar
ingly so that the stain can be absorbed into the wood rather than sitting on top of it. This will promote a faster overall drying time. To learn about specific drying times for a particular type of stain product, read your product’s label.

The Humidity Level

The average drying time for stain products can vary from two hours to 48 hours or longer, and weather conditions will play a key role in this variation. If you live in a high humidity area or if you happen to choose a rare day when humidity levels are higher, you can expect your stain drying time to fall on the latter end of this spectrum. However, if you apply stain on a warm, low humidity day, it may only take a few hours for a water-based stain product to dry.

The outdoor temperature, as well as the exposure your deck has to sunlight, can also influence stain drying time. Warmer weather conditions promote a faster drying time, and this is particularly true when the deck is fully exposed to sunlight for several hours or more after the stain is applied. Applying stain on a windy day can also promote a faster drying time, but be cautious with windy conditions. After all, dust and other debris could blow onto your deck when the stain is wet, and this can cause particles to dry into the stain to give it a rough appearance and feel.

Staining a deck is a great do-it-yourself project that can breathe new life into an aging deck and that can prevent further weather-related damage from occurring. Selecting the right day with optimal weather conditions and choosing a water-based stain product can help you to minimize drying time when applying stain.

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