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  • Lisa
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    Can anyone help me out on the best way to care for a moldy box? I have the following box and it is quite moldy both inside and out. The solid itself is fine however the silk cord seems to also be “growing”

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    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! KK

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    Hi Lisa,
    OOOOOOOOOO <img src='style_emoticons//ohmy.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ohmy.gif’ /> Try bleach with a little water on a cotton ball, just damp not too wet.
    Or try one of the clorox wipes. Then put it in the sun to dry. Maybe some baby powder to freshen it up after the bleach.
    I hope this works.
    Sorry about the mold <img src='style_emoticons//sad.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’sad.gif’ />
    KK <img src='style_emoticons//biggrin.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’biggrin.gif’ />

    cka
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    Hi Lisa:

    A dryer sheet will help with the smell.

    Carolyn

    Lisa
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    Ahhhh… both good ideas so thanks for them!

    My only problem is I don't want to use bleach on the outside because I fear it will discolor the box and am not sure what to do about the “fuzzy” insert that holds the solid, it too has some mold.

    I was wondering if I could put them in a zip lock bag with something that would kill the mold. What about something like baking soda???? <img src='style_emoticons//blink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’blink.gif’ />

    Solidcrazy
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    Maybe you could try a dessicant to really dry out the box, (you know the little bags of stuff that come in shoeboxes and are printed do not eat) but I think the stain will still remain. Maybe the oxy clean stuff would clean it and not take the color out. Maybe we should ask Heloise. <img src='style_emoticons//blink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’blink.gif’ /> Donna

    Lisa
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    Donna,

    That is a good idea too!!! I just picked one of those things up off the floor of my closet today. Going to go take out of the trash and put it into the “mold box” <img src='style_emoticons//wink.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’wink.gif’ />

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    <img src='style_emoticons//ohmy.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’ohmy.gif’ /> Lisa, if you cant find it and have a craft store near you. You could buy some of the stuff you can use to dry live flowers in (probably the same thing that is in the bags marked do not eat) and bury the whole box for a week or so. It will not change the color and will dry it out so no more fuzzy mold should grow. Lainey

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    QUOTE(Lisa @ Jun 28 2004, 09:05 PM)
    Can anyone help me out on the best way to care for a moldy box? I have the following box and it is quite moldy both inside and out. The solid itself is fine however the silk cord seems to also be “growing”

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    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! <img src='style_emoticons//smile.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’smile.gif’ />


    To prevent this before it happens, you can purchase an archival spray at a craft store (eg. Michael's) and spray the inside of the box. I use this on my photographs and my collection of 19th century prints. It's expensive but worth it.
    Ar

    lmsw1
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    Hi Lisa,

    Once you get it really dry you can use a makeup brush to dust away the mold (just don't use it on your face afterwards <img src='style_emoticons//wacko.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’wacko.gif’ /> LOL)

    And my favorite thing for getting smells out is Febreze. Works like a charm.

    Hope that helps <img src='style_emoticons//smile.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’smile.gif’ /> <img src='style_emoticons//cool.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’cool.gif’ />

    Lisa
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    Thanks everyone, I got some really great tips that I would have otherwise not known.

    I cleaned up the boxes with a lightly damp paper towel and then gave them a shot of Clorox disinfecting spray (I held the can really far away so that they were misted ever so lightly) I now have them in a drawer with some dessicants and a dryer sheet!!

    I do always have lots of Fabreze in stock with two large breed dogs (Dobermans)!!!

    Thanks again everyone!! <img src='style_emoticons//biggrin.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’biggrin.gif’ />

    Nancy
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    Lisa, just be careful of the silica gel. I think it's an irritant.

    Lisa
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    Yes, Nancy, they do irritate me when they fall out of all my shoe boxes and clutter my closet floor! <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ /> <img src='style_emoticons//laugh.gif’ border=’0′ style=’vertical-align:middle’ alt=’laugh.gif’ />

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