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Unread 11-16-2010, 09:10 AM
 
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Default How to remove mildew smell from wood cabinets?

Had a large water leak under kitchen sink which I didn't discover for several days. Now the wood cabinets, which are unfinished underneath sink, have a mildew or mold smell that is getting overpowering. What can I do? I sprayed it with Lysol hoping it will kill anything growing under there, but didn't really do any good.

I saw an ad a month ago for some kind of spray that is suppose to fight mold problems, but I don't know what its called or in what situations its to be used in. I just saw a quick ad a couple times for it when I was on wunderground.com and now its not on there. What can I do?
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Unread 11-16-2010, 09:14 AM
 
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A solution of bleach/water should kill mildew. You don't need fancy sprays.
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Unread 11-16-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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A solution of bleach/water should kill mildew. You don't need fancy sprays.

Won't that cause even more damage to the wood if I put even more water down on it? The side panel to the cabinet next to the sink now is warped and has visible water damage so seems like water is a no-no on wood.
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Unread 11-16-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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Won't that cause even more damage to the wood if I put even more water down on it? The side panel to the cabinet next to the sink now is warped and has visible water damage so seems like water is a no-no on wood.
I wouldn't leave the water to sit on the wood.
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Unread 11-16-2010, 09:30 AM
 
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Problem is wood is porous. If you spray it with anything, is it really getting into the wood and killing the mildew? Probably not. It's likely just on the surface. At this point the wood needs removed so bleach water and a good fan isn't going to hurt much and it might take the smell out better than the lysol.
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Unread 11-16-2010, 06:56 PM
 
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I'd spray the empty cabinet with a fine mist of straight (not diluted) bleach, let it soak in for awhile, then point a fan in there. After it was completely dry I'd clean the cabinet with orange oil on a sponge to dissipate the residual bleach smell. If you continue to smell mildew after the cabinet is dry, you might have mildew on the floorboards under the cabinet, which is likely if the leak was dripping slowly long before you discovered it.
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