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#1 CallMeFeral

Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:46 PM

Ok, so after a year or so of a horrific online shopping habit, I now find myself in the position of not being able to wear heels for at least a year  cry1.gif

Our house is tiny, so I need to pack them away to the shed, but I've had experiences before of leather shoes going mouldy when contained and unused for a long time. Is there a way to stop this? Tends to just be the kmart boxes we put them in, which are not particularly airtight - is there anywhere I can get (relatively cheap) airtight boxes? Will this be enough? Do I need to put in some silica gel or something, or will this do nasty things and dry out the leather over time?

#2 CallMeFeral

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

Bump? I'm having trouble googling this topic as I keep getting shoe racks or else mold removal options - I want to stop the mold starting in the first place!

ETA. Ignore me - managed to google the right search terms now original.gif

Edited by CallMeProtart, 28 January 2013 - 09:01 AM.


#3 ~*Amethyst*~

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

What did you find Protart?  I have has shoes moulder in my wardrobe so need some tips.

I did read somewhere that chalk was supposed to be good at sucking up moisture so I have tubs in my wardrobe now. Not sure it's made any difference though!

XxxAmethyst

#4 CallMeFeral

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:28 PM

It was pretty confusing TBH sad.gif
Some articles were about drying them out first before storing, keeping them dry (can use those damp sachets) and aerated (don't store in plastic) - others were about keeping them from drying out and cracking (polish them before storing - and then store in plastic!)
I guess perhaps different climates have different problems - but I'm at a loss as to what suits here where it's dry BUT our house has a horrible mold problem so there are likely to be spores everywhere!

So tbh I'm no close to knowing what to do with them! Only that I should clean and polish them first... and then neither dry them out or keep them moist  wacko.gif

#5 lozoodle

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:00 AM

Could you maybe store one of those damp absorber tub things with them and change it every so often? You know the ones you can get at woolworths or bunnings with the little bead thingies in the top?

It might help keep the plastic tub dry and protect the shoes a bit?

#6 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:05 AM

QUOTE (lozoodle @ 29/01/2013, 09:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Could you maybe store one of those damp absorber tub things with them and change it every so often? You know the ones you can get at woolworths or bunnings with the little bead thingies in the top?

It might help keep the plastic tub dry and protect the shoes a bit?


I would try this.

#7 CallMeFeral

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:12 AM

Lozoodle - yes that's what I'm planning - although then the other site about stopping them from drying out and cracking worried me a bit! I'll probably end up doing that though...

#8 lozoodle

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:33 AM

Isn't vinegar supposed to kill mould / prevent it? Maybe just wipe down with that?

I wouldn't use bleach as it doesn't actually kill mould and makes the spores go in deeper because it softens the surface.

#9 *LucyE*

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

As a general rule, mould likes to grow in damp and dark conditions.  It can grow on all sorts of surfaces, even glass if it has a layer of dust on it.

I know you said you need to store in the shed.  I would be cleaning and polishing all the shoes.  Then store them in ventilated boxes or cotton bags.  Leather needs to breathe.  Then put them all into a larger plastic box (doesn't need to be air tight) with some of those Hippo moisture remover tubs.

The trick (and PITA) though, will be to take them out regularly to sun them, give them an air out and check on them.  It will be easier to clean off small bits of mould as it is growing rather than a completely engulfed shoe.  I use oil of cloves to wipe them down which supposedly kills mould.

#10 amabanana

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

QUOTE (*LucyE* @ 29/01/2013, 09:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As a general rule, mould likes to grow in damp and dark conditions.  It can grow on all sorts of surfaces, even glass if it has a layer of dust on it.

I know you said you need to store in the shed.  I would be cleaning and polishing all the shoes.  Then store them in ventilated boxes or cotton bags.  Leather needs to breathe.  Then put them all into a larger plastic box (doesn't need to be air tight) with some of those Hippo moisture remover tubs.

The trick (and PITA) though, will be to take them out regularly to sun them, give them an air out and check on them.  It will be easier to clean off small bits of mould as it is growing rather than a completely engulfed shoe.  I use oil of cloves to wipe them down which supposedly kills mould.


Exactly what I was going to say.   original.gif

If you are anywhere near a Daiso they sell moisture absorbing tubs similar to the Hippo ones for $2.80 each which is much cheaper than the stupidmarket.

#11 Flaxen

Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

I know I store my valuable horse gear (saddles and bridles and riding boots) in the shed.
The No1 rule for leather is to not store it in an plastic container but especially not a plactic container in a shed, as the highly variable temp fluctuations leather will tend to sweat and go mouldy.
I store my saddles and bridles on a rack covered with a cloth saddle bag or cotton bed sheet. And the shed has a window that is always open for ventilation.
I would suggest for shoes, a wire shelf, and put shoes and cover the lot in cotton sheet (and use spider surface spray if you dont want any nasty surprises!)
And in any case, if mould does get on leather goods, wipe with clove oil, it wont damage the leather and it kills mould.

Edited to say snap: someone beat me to it! all those posts werent there when i started to write, promise!

Edited by Flaxen, 29 January 2013 - 09:12 AM.


#12 CallMeFeral

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:02 PM

Wow. That helps heaps, folks - thanks!

#13 unicycle

Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

Where do you buy your clove oil from? Is there an economical way to buy it? I need lots.

#14 Flaxen

Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:19 AM

Its expensive. I got it from the chemist, but you dont need a lot of it, usually just s smidge on a rag to wipe it down.

#15 unicycle

Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:31 AM

Do you remember the cost?

#16 *LucyE*

Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:45 AM

I've got it from chemists, health food shops and supermarkets.

They are small bottles, varying in price from from around $5-12.

I don't use much at all because it is so potent. I have been advised by naturopaths to not use it when pregnant. I normally dilute it down in a spray bottle with either water or vinegar (about 10 drops to 100mL. It is important to allow the item to dry properly after spraying and wiping or else it will just feed the mould too.

#17 unicycle

Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

Thanks, i have wooden tables and material guitar cases to do.

Edited by triumvirate, 30 January 2013 - 02:22 PM.





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