Mold and Mildew Prevention Tips
One of the most common questions we get asked are: How can I prevent Mold and Mildew? Mold and Mildew are a type of fungus that grows and thrives in moisture and can reproduce in tiny spores that travel through the air and can rapidly grow in this environment.
With this introduction about Mold and Mildew you can now understand that the main preventive factor is to try and avoid moisture at all cost. This is critical when transporting goods into very humid locations especially in areas with tropical rainforest and climate, such as Central and South America. The easiest and most common way is to use a Desiccant; a hygroscopic substance that is used to induce dryness in an area.
So, can Mold and Mildew be prevented? The short answer is not completely, but that shouldn’t stop you from trusting experts like us to guide you in limiting the risk factor of being affected by it during your shipment.
Most common causes:
• Products are too wet when packing
• Products are packed with wet packing materials
• A lot of Wet/Humid Air in the packing
• Products are stored for longer than expected and were not prepared for long term storage
What to do before packing:
• Ensure the crew is properly trained for packing
• Check the items before for any signs of Mold and Mildew, common culprits in this category are outside furniture. If you spot any, do a deep cleaning before shipping
• Ensure products are dry when packing, appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines should be left empty and open to dry up completely without any power at least 48 hours before packing
• To control wet and humid air, when possible try to pack in an area that’s being controlled by Air Conditioner
• Install/Use Electric dehumidifier in the house prior and during the packing
• Make sure clothes and similar items are completely dry before packing
What to do when packing:
• Always try to reduce the empty spaces in the boxes, by reducing you are reducing the amount of air inside the box and preventing mold to grow and adding Silica Gel Bags as well
• Try to control the condensation in the container as it is often warmer than it is outside
• Introduce Desiccant into the environment, including Desiccant especially designed for containers such as Absopoles
• Avoid Packing with Plastic on Leather or Furniture
• Prepare properly for long term storage by using climate-controlled facilities
And last but certainly not least, the best advice we can give is to use an experienced international moving company; only experts like the LARM Group family of business can guarantee to take all the measures above into consideration and also advise you on other things you can do to protect your shipment including the different insurance types so you can insure your shipment properly.