Unfinished Oak Table


Old 12-09-05, 01:30 PM
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Water Damage to an Unfinished Oak Table

I have a solid Oak Unfinished table that got wet & has some mold/mildew developing on it. How do I get rid of it? Thank You

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Old 12-09-05, 02:14 PM
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Unfinished, you'll have to be careful
First you have to kill the mold/mildew
If it's only a little, Lysol might work
If it's a bunch, you may want to use X-14, or a bleach/water 50/50 mix

After you've killed it, hopefully it will come off OK
Scraping , and perhaps sanding may be needed
You'll need a light touch with either, you don't want to grind any dead, black, mildew into the table

If it is a tenacious mildew that won't come off, some more fire power will be needed, but you will run the risk of affecting the wood
If it has water stains, then you'll want to sand it down anyway, and it's less of a problem if you need to get aggressive with the mold/mildew
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Sealing the wood after you get it cleaned up will go a long way to keep this from happening again.
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This is possibly a stupid question but how do you know when or if the mold is dead?
Old 07-21-09, 07:44 AM
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As per my reply to this same question in the carpentry/woodworking forum...

probably water marks, not mold.

Sanding will NOT remove watermarks

Oxalic acid is the answer - avilable at many hardware stores and big box stores.
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