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mike27bk 12-30-2012 05:02 PM

Mold or Dirt?
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Can anyone identify if this is mold or dirt from this picture, I am in the process of painting my house and when I removed my fridge this is what I found.

joecaption 12-30-2012 05:31 PM

Most likly both since it's in a nice warm spot that never gets enough air flow or cleaning.

mike27bk 12-30-2012 05:32 PM

Is it anything to be concerned about? or should I just clean it and paint over it?

joecaption 12-30-2012 05:55 PM

I'd just degrease it, wipe it down with a mild bleach and water, prime and repaint.

federer 12-30-2012 11:24 PM

thats mold. whats behind the wall?

ToolSeeker 12-31-2012 08:54 AM

This shows up a lot behind fridges it is most likely mold. I have had a couple who have had it tested and it came back just a common mold that can be cleaned. But that does't mean that that is what yours is. Personally I would scrub it with bleach water let it totally dry and go on. I don't know if then putting a moldicide in your paint will help or not. You could pull the fridge out say once a month and wash the area with a weak bleach solution and maybe keep it from happening.

Windows on Wash 12-31-2012 04:14 PM


What is behind that wall?

Mild mildewicide and water will clean it off. Prime and re-paint.

Click Plastics 01-03-2013 04:01 AM

I have just got rid of my old fridge and found exactly the same :S

Maintenance 6 01-03-2013 06:29 AM

The picture shows what looks like a bunch of small independent mold colonies. Most likely caused by a lack of airflow, and a supply of dust to feed on. A wipedown with a fungicide will take care of it. Something like Tilex or Lestoil will fix it in short order. Pulling the fridge out and wiping down the wall occaisionally will prevent them from growing from colonies into thier own third world country.

Gary in WA 01-04-2013 07:28 PM

The refrigerator is a moisture source when they condense the water vapor as part of the cycle, bound to get some on the wall. Check under/behind for lint/dirt build-up on the coils.... use a flashlight---- when wife is not around.OR, while cleaning, announce- "It was time for the annual cleaning under there".


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