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#1 Shirley Sue

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:09 PM

Hi all,

just looking for some suggestions on how to clean mould off a wooden rocking horse. It has been sitting in our shed for the last 6 months and due to the humidity has grown some organisms lol!

It has been painted with oil based paint if that matters?  blink.gif

HELP! Dd is desperate to ride Shergar the horse!

#2 BadCat

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

Apparently clove oil is good for mould.  It might be hard to get hold of though.

Edited by O TheHugeManatee, 06 February 2013 - 12:33 PM.

#3 busymumof1&1/2

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:17 PM

Oil of Clove can be purchased from pharmacies. It is primarily used for toothaches. You will need to dilute it about 5 mls in 1 lt (I think) according to Shannon Lush. It will kill the mould, and it will not recur, but it will not remove the mould that is on fabric? or wood. I have heard salt is really good at removing the stain.

#4 librablonde

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:28 PM

You can buy Oil Of Cloves from most pharmacies and some supermarkets. It will kill the mould and it won't grow back. If the mould has stained the wood and can't be scrubbed off you may have to sand the wood back and repaint. But the mould will be dead.

#5 *Mrs_Cullen*

Posted 06 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

Ive been told chlorine. It bleaches the mould and kills it also.

Not 100% sure for wood though

#6 bluegirl8

Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:47 PM

I've been dealing with mould for the past year ever since I moved into my new flat - all I can say is vinegar, vinegar, vinegar! (I use white.) It's cheap and works like a charm. I'd give your horse a wipe down, and then put it outside on a sunny day for a few hours, if at all possible (the sunlight kills the remaining spores and stops them regrowing, especially with fabrics).

#7 anasam

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

You could try contacting one of the many websites that deal with rocking horse restorations. A lady I know does this and is in contact with other restorers all around the world. Try googling rocking horse restoration.

#8 Shirley Sue

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

Thanks for all the replies!

I'm not too worried about the fabric- my Dad a carpenter made it - so it can be easily replaced. Should I dilute the vinegar or use it straight? Also, at my local woolies they sell cleaning vinegar- is it any different to regular white vinegar? Might get some oil of cloves too.

#9 Leggy

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:11 PM

I just use undiluted, home-brand white vinegar. I suspect "cleaning vinegar" is just a way of trying to get to buy something more expensive than necessary!

#10 YeahbutNah

Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:21 PM

I've used 20% vinegar solution but I've also heard it should be 80%.  The cheapest white vinegar you can find (I haven't heard of "cleaning vinegar" but like PP suspect it's just a marketing ploy).

Oil of cloves is awesome too - it's what they swear by in Darwin.

Just don't use bleach or chlorine!  It takes the colour out so it looks like the mould is gone but it doesn't kill the mould, it actually helps the spores sink further into whatever you're trying to clean off.

#11 *LucyE*

Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:04 PM

Cleaning vinegar is more acidic (lower pH) than regular food grade vinegar. It's what I use when I can find it but so few places stock it around here.

From memory, it was about the same price or cheaper than regular vinegar.

#12 dae-gu

Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:13 PM

Yep, the 2L bottles of cleaning vinegar I buy are cheaper than the name vinegars like Cornwalls etc. I can get it at Aldi too original.gif

#13 HGL

Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:20 PM

QUOTE (economist99 @ 06/02/2013, 11:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Abbott actually introducing paid mat leave???!!! It took Labour to do it at all, and 20 years after the rest of the world!!!!!!!

Hon, even if it acually id happen it would be sometime 18m-3yr after him getting in.

If he does get in, Im leaving Australia for the term...already told husband to put up hand for intl jobs...!

QUOTE (Leggy @ 06/02/2013, 01:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just use undiluted, home-brand white vinegar. I suspect "cleaning vinegar" is just a way of trying to get to buy something more expensive than necessary!

The bottles of cleaning vinegar are actually cheaper than regular white vinegar wink.gif

#14 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:26 PM

Oil of clove but not if you happen to be pg.  ABout $7 from the chemist or online from stayathomemum.com.au, you have to ask at the chemist, they keep it behind the counter.
Home brand vinegar also worth a try, sometimes lemon juice, salt and sun works too.

#15 Leggy

Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

I see I'll have to keep my eyes open for cleaning vinegar then! Learn something new every day...

#16 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 06 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

I would spray it with vinegar, leave in the sun for a bit then hit it with a high pressure water gun (gernie?).  Then again leave in the sun.

That will blast off all the mould.

#17 Shirley Sue

Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

Thanks for the advice ladies.

I ended up using cleaning vinegar and clove oil, then put it out in the sun for a few hours- it came up beautifully. I didn't use our pressure hose as I was worried it would strip the paint. Dd loves riding on Shergar the rocking horse.

#18 Guest_~Coffee~_*

Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:55 PM

As much as people love to quote Shannon Lush and her non scientific advice that oil of cloves kills mould, she is not a mycologist (mould scientist) and has not done any scientific studies to back up her claims. According to mycologists it does not. It may remove them, but they are not dead. The only thing that does kill mould spores is pure white salad vinegar which is ultra cheap to buy in a 2 litre bottle in the food isle.

Edited by *SnowFlower*, 16 February 2013 - 08:34 PM.

#19 Guest_~Coffee~_*

Posted 16 February 2013 - 05:59 PM

QUOTE (HGL @ 06/02/2013, 05:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The bottles of cleaning vinegar are actually cheaper than regular white vinegar wink.gif

Not at my woolies. Cleaning vinegar is more than $1 more a bottle than a bottle of regular white vinegar.

Edited by *SnowFlower*, 16 February 2013 - 08:34 PM.

#20 AnotherFeral

Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

I find that the cleaning vinegar is stronger than 'food' vinegar.

#21 my serenity

Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:18 PM

Lots of vinegar and dettol!

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