Factors that invite and promote growth of fungi are warm temperatures over 70 degrees F., and humidity in excess 50%.
What you should avoid:
- Basements and other damp places.
- Plastic wraps, yes all plastic wraps, including dry cleaner bags.
- Sealing without consideration for proper air circulation.
- Placing glass or acrylic directly on top of textiles--you must use spacers.
- Enclosed spaces, like outdoor metal storage sheds. Remember, air circulation is a must!
- Keep well ventilated; keep air circulating.
- Dry the object. (You may use a hair dryer, but keep the nozzle at least 12 inches from the object.)
- Clean the surface, vacuum, and/or dry clean.
After drying, place the object in an air-tight bag with paradichlorobenzene for three weeks, remove and gently brush. [WARNING] Not for Navajo rugs with Churro sheep wool, feathers, some buttons or paraffin!
Silica gel or Calcium chloride will pull moisture out, or
Use a dehumidifier.
Place object outdoors on a dry day for three hours. [WARNING] Sun will damage if left out for long periods of time!
What C.O.F.F. can do, depending upon the severity, individual conditions, and type of fungi, includes:
- Deep freezing, oxygen depletion methods, and thymol treatment.
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