What do I use to clean up mold and mildew on basement walls wood paneling?

I just cleaned up my basement and noticed it leaked. I cleaned up all the water but on the walls there is some mold and mildew what is the best thing to clean that with? Please let me know if anyone has done this before? Thank you

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5 thoughts on “What do I use to clean up mold and mildew on basement walls wood paneling?”

  1. Bleach will get rid of it, but you must know that it will discolor the paneling if it is dark. I would mix warm water with the bleach and wipe them down. If you can, get a dehumidifier to keep the mold off the paneling.

  2. Wear rubber gloves and a face mask and peel the wool panels from the wall and dispose of them in a landfill. Locate the source of the moisture/humidity and repair it. If high humidity persist, get your self a dehumidifier and run it 24/7, get one with a drain feature so you can keep it near a floor drain to empty itself.

  3. Wiping it with bleach, and washing the dead spores off with any cleaner, is the best, unless it’s still leaking, or there is more damage under it.

    Try the bleach, and watch to see if it recurs. If so, the leak hasn’t been repaired well.

  4. Mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part hot water and spray it onto the wood paneling. Leave it to sit for about 15 minutes. Spray the vinegar solution again and this time wipe off with a clean cloth. Repeat this until all the mold mildew are gone. Scrub off the stubborn mold stain with baking soda and vinegar paste. Rinse well / wipe clean with a damp cloth. Allow to dry completely. After the cleaning is done, you need to fix the leaks in the basement to prevent future mold buildup.

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