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cluefan6 07-26-2006 10:08 PM

Painting and mildew
I really need help!! ASAP! We are moving into a duplex and some of the walls had some mildew on them. We washed it off and cleaned. And then we used the special paint called "kils" or something to seal it out. But i am concerend about moving in and exposing all of our stuff and family to it. Will using a dehumidifier and air conditioner, help? What else can we do to make it safer??? :(:(:(

J187 07-27-2006 08:01 AM

Just washing mold and mildew is not a good enough solution. These things are fungus-based organisms and need to be killed like weeds. I have heard of people using a product

to kill mold and mildew quite effectively and quite safely.

slickshift 07-27-2006 12:03 PM

You need to find the source and correct the problem
...that's if it shows up again

For future reference, the proper way to deal with it is to kill it with a bleach/water solution or my favorite mildecide X-14
Then seal it with a shellac-based primer such as BIN

Washing it and sealing with Kilz may have worked, but the X-14/BIN always works

MrNoMaintenance 07-31-2006 08:50 PM

A lot of the time you can stop mildew from forming simply by keeping the air dry and moving. For this, dehumidifiers and air conditioners generally work quite well. If itís developing in the bathroom, try running the exhaust fan while showering and for another 30 minutes afterwards.

SgtBaldy 08-16-2006 07:26 PM

Was the wall water damaged? You need to check behind that wall also to see if there is mildew on the backside. Cut a small 4in section out with a drywall saw and check it out.

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