How To Clean Mold and Mildew in Log Cabins

How To Clean Mold and Mildew in Log Cabins

November 1, 2019

How To Clean Mold and Mildew in Log Cabins

One of the biggest issue with log cabin owners is that many of the homes are used as weekend or vacation homes. We have found that many times that the mold issue is always present after a few weeks of disuse. We no one at the house to keep the air circulating many time moister will build up.

The mold will generally look like small white mold spots on the floorboards, walls and ceiling. The worse cases you’ll have full blown black mold which is easy to distinguish between.

Often mildew and mold can look similar that is because they are one and the same. This is good because regardless of what you call it mold or mildew the solution is the same. For years we have used bleach to clean and treat mold issues when working on log cabins. This is the poor mans solution and a quick option using a 50/50 of water to bleach will work fine to clean the surface of the wood. The problem is that bleach will only remove the spores we can see, however, it leaves the roots of the mold intact. This means that the mold will grow back in 24-48 hours or when the environment is right.  This really is only a band aide for the issue.

If you’re looking for looking to remove the actual problem you’ll want to use a product like Concrobium Mold Control which contains no bleach or ammonia. What we like about this product is that you can use it to pretreat surfaces to effectively seal them against mold. This would stop the mold or mildew issues before they even start. So if you’re looking to buy a log cabin this would be the product to spray on your wood to seal it to preserve what you love.

“Shockwave is a concentrated ammonium chloride cleaner and disinfectant, which can be used to sanitize and treat porous surfaces, such as logs and wood treatments.  Other products include Sporicidin Disinfectant Solution, Microban, and Fosters 40-80.  These three are mold remediation products, which absorb into the wood and penetrate to the roots of the mold.  All of these products can be purchased at your local home improvement stores and are relatively inexpensive.  Be sure to check which cleaner works best with your desired stain, as this can cause stains or paints to fail.” (

The above link has more information and products you can look into for mold and mildew prevention and restoration. What you really need to focus on combating MOISTURE and all its sources. The most common leaking plumbing, window condensation that collects and pools on windowsills and AC issues most commonly in summer due to blocked drainage which leads to water backing up and many cases overflowing into the attic or crawl spaces. Providing the ideal environment for mold to grow and flourish.

We recommend that you always have an attic fan to draw moister out attic and a dehumidifier in your crawl space if you live in area that has a lot of moister issues and even if you do not it is a good idea and worth implementing. If you have any questions please give VA Beach NOVA FMS a call (757) 300-1064


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