Fix moldy/stained wood counter top?
December 6, 2010 7:09 PM Subscribe
Did I just ruin my kitchen wood block counter top thanks to moisture/mold/poor use of cleaning products?
posted by gwint to home & garden (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Photos of my once decent looking counter top: one two three four
Here are two "control" photos from an undamaged area: one two
What happened: Dishwasher broke so we started washing by hand. Laid a kitchen towel down on the counter top and put the wet dishes on top. Was working out fine until we left the moist towel on the counter for several days. When we finally picked up the towel, we noticed dark/black areas (mostly in the spaces between boards and in places that may have been existing cuts/scratches) and thought it was mold. Freaked out and sprayed 409 on it. Result was that we still had the black areas but also seem to have bleached the wood around it. Also, it seems as though the spaces between the blocks are larger, but it could be some combination of the moisture and dry heat of the apartment in winter (?) Final note is that it's been over two weeks now and we haven't seen any real change, for better or worse.
In any case, looking for ways to get the counter top back to "normal."