Winter is the season when your home is on lockdown. For the most part, the atmosphere is sealed off from the outside, forcing the ventilation and heating system to circulate the same stale air. Stuffy air and the lack of sunshine leads to one thing: mold growth. Though the air may seem drier in the winter, moisture can still become trapped in certain places because of the lack of air flow. If you find you have a mold problem that developed over the winter, call us at ServiceMaster DSI for mold removal services in Kansas City, MO.
We all know how dangerous and toxic mold can be, but did you know how badly it can damage your furniture? If mold is allowed to grow unchecked on your wood or metal furniture and upholstery, the results can be irreversible.
Metal furniture is the most resistant to mold growth because there is a smaller chance that organic materials will be present. However, if your metal furniture is painted, there is a strong chance there will be some form of cellulose in the paint. If you have house plants next to your metal furniture, it can transfer organic materials to the surface, allowing mold to grow. Mold growth on metal furniture can cause rust, tarnish, and other forms of weakening oxidation.
Wood furniture is much more susceptible to mold because it’s an organic material. Even wood varnish, wax finish and wood glue can contain organic materials to feed mold. Because wood is also so porous, it’s easy for mold spores to seep deeply into the grains. Mold-affected wood becomes weakened structurally, can be more vulnerable to rot, and spread mold further throughout the home.
Upholstered furniture is the most susceptible to mold growth. Most upholstery is made from organic materials like leather, cotton, linen, and silk—all food for mold. These materials are also porous, and mold can easily permeate deep into the fabrics and cushions to contaminate the whole body of the furniture. Besides slowly eating away at the fabric, mold that has infested upholstery becomes a mold spore bomb waiting to happen.
Winter ventilation can’t catch all the mold spores when the air is continually circulated. It often allows the mold to spread even more. Call us at ServiceMaster DSI for mold removal services in Kansas City, MO.