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Postby gavin » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:50 pm

Why do some bowls go mouldy?
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Others in the same cupboard that get used more often are NOT mouldy.
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Re: mould?

Postby ToneWood » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:56 pm

Damp, spores & lack of ventilation. If the other bowls are unaffected, perhaps this one was contaminated with spores, holds more moisture or perhaps there are other nutrients/sugars/oils in it? Nice bowl though - like a George Lailey/Bucklebury bowl.

The normal treatment for mold involves a bucket of diluted bleach - probably worth trying something milder at first though (white vinegar, oxalic acid="woodbleach", sunlight & fresh air). Years ago, we had a couple of tents that suddenly went badly moldy at the start of an extended camping trip, one tent was scrubbed hard all over with the strongest detergents we could find, the other was just left on a washing line in the sunshine (s. France) -- the latter ended up much cleaner & far less damaged.
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Re: mould?

Postby Bob_Fleet » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:04 pm

Gavin wrote:Others in the same cupboard that get used more often are NOT mouldy.
That may be the secret. They all probably have mould spores on them but the ones being used get them washed off more regularly so you don't see mould developing.
Moulds need food, moisture and temperature to grow, like the rest of us.
If the bowls are completely dry then the spores are just dust. Sealing prevents them from using the wood itself as a substrate to grow on, or growing on a thin film of food. Keeping them in a freezer would prevent the mould but isn't usually practical.
I'd go for the keeping them dry solution.

Failure lets you revert to chemicals and the poisons to kill them off as a last resort.

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