Moldyinstrumentfilter: How can I save an accordion from near-certain death? [more inside]
posted by otolith
on Aug 27, 2007 -
Our kitchen sponge starts to smell like mildew after less than a week of normal use. We use a standard "scrubby" sponge that has an abrasive side and an absorbent sponge side. Has anybody else experienced this problem, and if so, what did you do about it, or do you have any general advice about keeping sponges from mildewing quickly? [more inside]
posted by ezrainch
on Aug 13, 2007 -
How do I get the musty smell out of a room, after the musty item has been cleared away? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23
on Jul 27, 2007 -
Water Damage: The apartment I'm moving into has significant water damage from last May, and the landlord has promised to fix it. What should I know about water damage repairs to make sure my health isn't going to be risked from shoddy repairs? This apartment is in Austria, if that's important to know. [more inside]
posted by sirion
on Jul 25, 2007 -
mold? I just leased an apartment and then found standing water, a leak, and what looks like a lot of mold. I want out. Property manager obviously doesn't want to let me out without lots of money. [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz
on Jun 21, 2007 -
My family has mold growing on the lower portions of inside of the walls in the central area of our 15-year-old home. We're getting the house sprayed, but the price the contractor gave us seems extremely high. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by silasjones
on May 9, 2007 -
Does my painful chest cough have anything to do with likely exposure to mold during my previous living arrangement? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses
on Apr 29, 2007 -
How do I prevent or treat mold, or any other kind of growth, on a couch in a screened in porch? [more inside]
posted by jjbb
on Apr 26, 2007 -
Know of any car care specialists in or around Brooklyn that can make my car stop smelling so bad? [more inside]
posted by blapst
on Mar 27, 2007 -
So I have this opened bag of Trader Joe's sourdough bread that has been sitting in my kitchen for probably at least two weeks now. It looks and smells just fine, not a speck of mold to be seen. Dare I eat this franken-bread? [more inside]
posted by mahamandarava
on Mar 14, 2007 -
Can you describe what mold smells like without using the word musty? [more inside]
posted by 517
on Feb 13, 2007 -
SpoiledFruitFilter: If one of the blueberries in the batch has grown mold, are they all tainted? [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9
on Jan 24, 2007 -
I just moved into a new apartment just south of Tokyo. The mold is terrible, I cleaned, dehumidified, ect. I can't move, can't exactly explain the problem. If I simply give up on the mold itself, what can I do for me? Benadril, any holistic ideas, ?? any one else have these mold problems?
P.S. I love you meta filter!
posted by nintendo
on Nov 25, 2006 -
What can I do about a strong, moldy odor that seems to be coming from my kitchen sink or disposer? [more inside]
posted by rdauphin
on Oct 5, 2006 -
All my clothing that is stored in my closets or drawers ends up smelling moldy or actually growing mold. How can I prevent this? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by gnutron
on Sep 6, 2006 -
It seems that sticking cheese in the freezer
would stop the ageing process, but what about keeping it in the fridge. Could I buy medium cheddar
, and stick it in the fridge for a year before opening it? Anyone tried this, any mold or other problems with eating year old but unopened cheese?
posted by pwb503
on Feb 10, 2006 -
My father has a problem with mold and humidity in his house. It grows copiously on the exterior walls of exactly one bedroom. Condensation appears on the windows, to the extent that there is a puddle of water on the window sill every morning; and this is a year long phenomenon. (Interestingly, the area around the windows does not get moldy. )The humidity in this room is literally palpable. We pulled up the carpet today, but it was always moist to the touch, towels don't dry, etc. The walls have to be cleaned with bleach every month or two.
There is an adjoining bathroom, and we've tried leaving the windows open but it seems to have no effect. In any case, there is another bathroom in the house which in never ventilated and there is practically no mold.
At this point we need to pinpoint the source of the humidity, and why it is only found in this room. Any ideas? If you need more info just ask.
posted by zorro astor
on Jan 27, 2006 -
Anyone have tips for keeping bread fresh longer? My wife and I end up throwing out a lot of bread, putting it in the fridge dries it out... anyone got any tricks? Google was surprisingly unhelpful.
posted by Cosine
on Nov 30, 2005 -
Our 100+ year old house has a fieldstone basement with no mortar between the stones. Water doesn't flood or drip in, but the walls are always a little damp. Black mold is beginning to grow down there, and we'd like to stop it. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone
on Nov 4, 2005 -
MoldFilter: Unbeknownst to me, my freezer has been leaking down the back of the fridge for some time and the resulting effluent has collected under my vegetable crisper. [more inside]
posted by rebirtha
on Oct 2, 2005 -
I looked at an apartment that seems really great (big, cheap, etc) except for a particular and not quite pleasant bouquet varying in strength and odor from mothballs to 'old house', to just plain stale. Should I be worried? How worried? [more inside]
posted by ThePants
on Jul 12, 2005 -
My tub was/is moldy. Out of frustration over smell and look, I decided tonight to take care of it and destroy the offending mold for the 90th time. I've had really bad luck with caulk in the past and I don't think I'm up to spending another 6 hours thoroughly cleaning it when the caulk I've been using fails again. What are your recommendations? Both for caulk types and caulking tips? [more inside]
posted by tozturk
on May 24, 2005 -
MoldFilter: We noticed a bit of mold in our attic insulation. Testing revealed the presence of aspergillus/penicillin spores. We're trying to figure out how much of the attic contents we need to throw out. [MI] [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu
on Nov 17, 2004 -
Why is my fruit rotting while it's unripe?
This just started happening this year when I moved to Arizona. Softer fruits (peaches, mangoes, tomatoes and the like) are turning moldy/rotten in a matter of 2-3 days. If I eat the side that isn't rotten, it's still hard and unripe. Do I have some strain of super bacteria infesting my domicile?
posted by TungstenChef
on Sep 21, 2004 -
How should I get the mold smell out of my Nalgene polycarbonate water bottles? Efferdent failed.
posted by trharlan
on Jun 25, 2004 -
For you home improvement types - we moved into our first house last July, and since then I've been battling some mold in the shower. It's not bad, but despite my attempts to banish it, the critters keep coming back - right at the seam where the shower wall meets the tub.
Will simply recaulking the seam fix it, or will it eventually come back through the new caulk as well? Any, ahem, natural remedies for ridding our shower of the stuff?
posted by tr33hggr
on Jan 7, 2004 -