This really wasn’t a letter TO me, it kinda came in over the transom. This was a write-in to someone else’s newsletter. A reader sent it to me and asked for my answer. So I have tweaked it a bit to keep from getting sued.
Have a customer with some oversized laminated postcards. They had been kept in a cellar, and were covered in a black mold. Being laminated though, she managed to clean them completely, but cannot get rid of the smell. Can anyone offer a neutralizing agent, or some home remedy?
Moldey Card Smells.
Dear Cardey –
Where they not laminated I would recommend my Book Deodorizer which would absorb odor and moisture molecules from cardstock. However the lamination would respond to some unscented fabric refresher applied with a lightly sprayed cloth.
The active ingredient in Febreze or other such brand iscyclodextrin, a modified starch which is harmless. The inactive ingredient is Ethyl alcohol, which will kill any residual mold. The ph value is pH (1% solution): 4.0-5.0 which is acidic but the lamination will protect the actual cards.
Wipe the cards individually and then spread them out to dry.Biblio Bull-