Woodworking Talk banner

1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello, I'm new to this forum. I'm here in hopes of finding some expert advice on the condition of older furniture in regards to mold and mycotoxins.

About ten months ago I inherited some furniture. I have 3 tables from the 1940's my grandfather built, an old cedar chest, a wood display case, and two wooden/upholstered chairs. When I received them they were in bad condition. I refinished all of them (cleaning, sanding, staining, sealing). I also steam cleaned and sun dried the two chairs wood/upholstered. The past couple months I've been fighting some illness and my doctor believes I am being exposed to mold somehow. My house is brand new, built just ten months ago and I am pretty positive there is no mold there as i have done several mold tests.

As I was evaluating everything I started to wonder if the old furniture was the problem. I know all the furniture was stored for many many years in a basement that had flooded. Even though I don't see anything furry or fuzzy growing maybe there are dead mold spores or mycotoxins coming from the furniture. There is some discoloration in certain areas of the wood but my husband says that is were the wood has aged.

I am open to any opinions or knowledge anyone has on dealing with this issue. I would hate to have together rid of the furniture.

Thanks so much.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
909 Posts
I would doubt the wood is harboring mold from the look of it, but the upholstry would be a better breeding ground or reservoir of toxin. You may want to look into having it professionally cleaned.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27,109 Posts
I doubt if the furniture is your problem especially since it has been cleaned and refinished. Many people all over have been having more problems with allergies this year especially Texas. The air is terrible here.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Thank you so much for your replies and thoughts! I agree about the upholstery going to get rid of that stuff tonight and try to get a better understanding of the wood furniture and the risks. Thanks again, I really appreciate it. It's so hard trying to confirm anything I know other people out there are surely smarter than me with this stuff
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top