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Just opened my safe for the first time in several months.... MOLD! How do I get rid of / prevent it?

GBAstar 5,137 1,916 November 14, 2011 at 06:17 AM
Hi,

I'm not sure if this qualifies as a tech related question but I opened my safe up for the first time today (I'd say it's 18" x 18" x 18") in several months and everyhin is covered in Mold!


I'm not sure how it happened (I'm assuming it's moisture related) but I need to know how to clean it and prevent future occurences.


I have two conference championship rings from when I played college football, a watch (family heirloom), money I've been hoarding away, sensitive documents (passport, SS card, Birth certiciate, etc.) and some rare coins.

I used to open it on a regular basis but haven't had any reason to lately.

Now all my documents are moist and their is a think layer of white mold on everything.
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Does anyone know what the best way to clean the different items are? I don't want to ruin anything....


Also what the F do I put inside my safe in the future to prevent this from happening again.


Thanks

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I had the same problem on a safe about the same size. I put in one of the Eva-Dry wireless renewable dehumidifiers and it seem to solve the problem. I take it out and renew it about once a month.
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Quote from RHICK00 View Post :
I had the same problem on a safe about the same size. I put in one of the Eva-Dry wireless renewable dehumidifiers and it seem to solve the problem. I take it out and renew it about once a month.
Yeah, I've got the Stack-On wireless in my gun safe. I never had rust/mold problems before I put it in but better safe than sorry, I figure.

OP: Given the size of your safe, you might be better off using a disposable dehumidifier. Those are called desiccants (usually silica gel). If you search on Amazon there are quite a few options that have good reviews, I don't have any personal experience with any of them though.
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Once you get the mold cleaned out, you can probably go the cheap route and drop in some dessicant packs that come in shoes, pills, etc. A box of baking soda may work, too, but that obviously takes up more space.

You should probably get in the habit of cracking the ol' safe open every couple of months to make sure things aren't getting too funky. Good luck!

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Just had this happen a few months ago. After wiping everything down with some anti-mold cleaner, I put 2 of the large silica gel packs in there. It's been fine since then. You can also use Damprid.
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This works, and you can buy it at your hardware store, and perhaps other local stores: http://www.damprid.com/



Oh, and yes, you must have a humidity problem in your room, and it's seeping into the safe.
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I use the damp rid type products every where. Got one in the camper, laundry room, under sinks and any place else that has little airflow or excess moisture.

Warm soapy water is usually a safe bet for cleaning.
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I keep the moisture out with "rechargeable" metal desiccant packs [ebay.com].

The crystals showing in the pack's clear window on the top change color when they've become saturated. This is when you remove the packs from the safe and leave them in the over for 3 hours at 300 degrees. Then you take 'em out, let them cool off and they're ready to go for a few more months. Highly recommended.
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Just seal things in plastic bags that seal :-)
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Depending on the safe, you could install a goldenrod [goldenroddehumidifiers.com] to circulate warm air or like others said use one of the desiccant devices [cabelas.com]
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bleach will kill mold but rust steel,you need to fix mold problem or you will get sick
where is moisture coming from is it outside loose siding or showers or cooking.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mold...emediation
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