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Title: New to Florida, struggling with mold. Ideas?
Post by: ellefsonbooks on August 05, 2015, 10:31:53 AM
I moved to the Fort Launderdale area a year ago from Minnesota.  Love it here.  Enjoy the warmth, the beach, the restaurants, and more.

One thing I've been struggling with the fighting mold.  I find that anything sitting at the back of my closet unused for a couple months starts to get mold on it.

So far, I have tried occasionally using a dehumidifier.  I usually try to keep the air conditioning off unless I can't stand it.  But to try and prevent mold, I have been using it a little more.

Any better ideas from veteran Floridians?
Title: Re: New to Florida, struggling with mold. Ideas?
Post by: flippydidit on August 05, 2015, 03:15:09 PM
Does your home have central air for the air conditioning?  Is it a "window shaker" type instead?  Basically, you need constant dry air moving through your home.  It doesn't have to necessarily be cold A/C air, as long as it is dry.  That air needs to get all through your house, even into the back of your closet.

You may have noticed that most homes with central air handlers or forced air usually have doors (the ones that are inside the home) that maintain a small gap between the bottom of the door and the floor.  That includes closet doors.  The gap is to allow air to flow into and out of the room/closet/etc.

Alternatively, older Floridian homes keep the mold at bay by moving the air with fans.  Hope this helps with your mold issues!  Best of luck from Central Florida.
Title: Re: New to Florida, struggling with mold. Ideas?
Post by: Cedar on August 05, 2015, 03:26:18 PM
Keep your closet doors open as much as possible to promote air flow
Keep stuff off the floor if possible or put them in tubs

Cedar
Title: Re: New to Florida, struggling with mold. Ideas?
Post by: WhiteBear620 on August 05, 2015, 03:29:53 PM
Huh, I've lived in Florida all of my life and never had an issue with mold. Although you're on the other side of FL and very south of where I live. I'd definitely agree with keeping things off of the ground, is your floor carpeted?
Title: Re: New to Florida, struggling with mold. Ideas?
Post by: never_retreat on August 05, 2015, 06:51:30 PM
If the ac is not on your going to have mold issues in that climate. A dehumidifier won't do a good job on a multi room house/space.
Like cedar said make sure all your doors have an inch of space on the bottom to allow air flow.

You can trim the doors easily by taking them out side clamping a board across it to use as a straight edge the run a circular saw across.
You can put masking tape on both sides were your going to cut to prevent chipping.
This assuming your doors are wood or a wood like substance.
Title: Re: New to Florida, struggling with mold. Ideas?
Post by: Sequanti on August 05, 2015, 10:38:23 PM
+1 regarding the AC—it is not just for your comfort in Florida. It's why so many storage companies promote their "air-conditioned storage space."

Where I work, we have to keep the AC on even in unused buildings to prevent mold. Not too cold or that can cause additional condensation problems.

Also, some AC units have fan speed adjustments. You may need to slow it down. If the fan runs too fast it won't pull the humidity out of the air.

Lastly, you may need to find the source of mold. I can't offer much advice on that. You may need a professional, but do your research, there are a lot of "mold removal specialists" that pop up over night so be careful not to get taken.

And welcome the South Florida area!
Title: Re: New to Florida, struggling with mold. Ideas?
Post by: ellefsonbooks on August 06, 2015, 06:55:16 AM
Thanks all for the great advice and welcome to Florida!

For some more specifics, I am in a two bedroom apartment.  It has a thin berber in each bedroom, but the rest of the house has tile.  Most of the things I have noticed mold on are on the shelf in the closest. But I have some shoes on the floor itself.

It has been better lately as I have used the air more.  But ever since I had one of my favorite bags ruined, I've been extra sensitive to it.

I will see what tubs I can get that fit in my apartment.  And try running some fans more along with the ac.  And i will definitely try to keep the closets open more. (I usually like to keep them closed)


Thanks all!
Title: Re: New to Florida, struggling with mold. Ideas?
Post by: Bonnieblue2A on August 06, 2015, 07:54:07 AM
If you are having particular problems in just one closet you may need to thoroughly clean the closet walls and shelf to kill any mold spores.  If it were me,  I would removed everything in the closet and clean/launder it.  Wipe down the closet door, walls and shelves with a mold killing solution designed for the use, and put a fan to the empty closet to dry it out well before placing your cleaned items back into it.
Title: Re: New to Florida, struggling with mold. Ideas?
Post by: LvsChant on August 06, 2015, 07:58:16 AM
We lived in FL for a couple of years a long while ago... all our closets were specifically the wire-type shelves that allowed air flow to prevent mold... this might help you. We also had the A/C running and had extra vents in the closets to help with this. For an existing home, it wouldn't be feasible to add the air vents, of course, but at least keeping doors open and adding fans may help. Perhaps even in a rental you might find it worth it to replace any solid shelves with the wire type.