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Old 09-21-2013, 06:39 AM   #1
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Good Morning - i am in Colorado and cleaning after the flood. i wasn't able to move all of my SU wood sets before the flood hit. i was able to get to them within a few days and wash in warm soap water and then left them to dry on the floor with a fan running.

Many of the blocks started to show black mold before i even washed them - and i think the growth is slowed down but i know it isn't gone.

i was wondering if anyone in areas of high humidity ever have to deal with mold this way, and what do you do with the blocks.

i am thinking that a diluted bleach solution in a stamp scrubbie ( the one we use to clean stamps after use ) would be a good start.

Any ideas?? Thank you ahead of time.... hope all have a wonderful day
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Personally, I would not try to clean and retain the wood mounts - I would not trust that I would be able to have sufficiently cleaned the mold because of the porous nature of wood.

I would expect that the rubber is ok after you clean it.

So, rather than try to keep the wood mounts, I would unmount all of the stamps in the sets that got wet and use them as unmounted stamps and I would throw away the wood blocks from which I removed the rubber stamps.
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Thank you - i was thinking that would be my best best too.
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If you really want them wood mounted, you could also post a request for wood blocks here on SCS. People are always unmounting and wondering what to do with all of those blocks. I'm sure a kind-hearted person would send them to you...SCS is filled with kind-hearted people!

So sorry for your soggy mess. Hope all is back to normal soon!
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Thank you maryrose! All is getting back to semi-normal slowly... feel very fortunate as many have much worse to deal with than we do. Has been an experience....LOL!
SCS is filled with the best people ever - that is for sure. i probably will unmount these sets. The extra room it will save will be worth it. i wondered about what to do with the extra blocks and that is one of the reasons i never started the process..... now i won't have to worry.
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mickeysue...Where are you in Colorado? I was fortunate...my daughter was fortunate, she was only a couple of blocks above the water in Louisville. But I have friends in Big T canyon and Estes who weren't so fortunate. Did you have much damage to your home?
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Peroxide kills mold, its in a lot of the spray mold killers. Should not harm the rubber or the foam. If the mold is really deep into the wood however it may not work. Would take a lot of the peroxide too. Just an idea.
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I bought an old set at a sale that the blocks were moldy.. I opened the box and started sneezing... I couldn't get them un mounted quickly enough... Hope things are getting back to normal for you!!
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We are in Weld county - South Platte outside of Kersey. It was quite an experience and feel extremely fortunate. Had to move all of my craft area to clean and repair.... feel much like a pre-hoarder! LOL Wake up call to USE my stash!!! Hurt to see my cheap paper saved and lost all of my SU paper..... lessons!!
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I just noticed when I quick reply, it does't address the post I was replying to...oops...
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tbagnola... Thanks for the idea! I decided to unmount to bare rubber on most and then use the Aleenes TackNPeel - works good for the wheel stamps I unmounted, and will save a ton of space. However, there are just some I want to keep the blocks on too - so that is great idea.

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So sorry that you got flooded. It can be devastating, costly, and emotionally and physically exhausting. Our town had unprecedented flooding in 2008 and five years later we're still recovering.

My cousin's girlfriend got hit by the flood. She had to unmount her wood stamps not because of mold so much but because many of the wood mounts warped as they dried. If that happens, you won't get a clear or complete image when you stamp.

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First of all...Prayers are with you and your state. It is devastating. Good luck on whatever you decide.
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