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Mold in Yurts

Many people ask us if mold is an issue in a yurt.  We live in the mountains of North Carolina, and our lovely yurts are in the middle of a temperate rain forest.

As with any structure in a climate with lots of humidity, it is important to build with good ventilation in mind.

We have some good solutions for ventilation- the skylight dome at the top of the yurt can open and pulls warm air up and out and lets the cool air from outside come in.  You can also leave your windows open, put up a ceiling fan, use screen doors, put in additional doors, and just keep a good air flow in your yurt.

Washing the yurt and keeping it clean will keep mold out.  If you have a lot of moisture, you should keep your fan running at all times.  Some people choose to run a dehumidifier or an air conditioner.  Climate control is typically used in standard homes to keep mold out, and is an option in yurts.  Personally, I prefer a nice fan.

Regular maintenance will help your yurt stay mold free!

If you do use a good fan, you probably will only need to do a general cleaning in your yurt and mold should not be a problem.  However, if mold ever is a problem, there are some natural ways to clean.  I have used lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar for wiping off mold, and then laundry detergent for killing the spores.  The detergent is diluted in water, and then I use it as a rinse.  All-natural health cleaning products can be used to eliminate mold and mildew as effectively as more traditional products, but without leaving harsh additives and dangerous particles behind.

I hope this helps, and feel free to call us if you are concerned about mold in a moist climate like ours!!  With proper maintenance and good ventilation, mold won’t bother you and you’ll love that yurt of yours!

Below is a list from an article I found online about natural cleaning options… (the link follows the list).

    Tea Tree Oil

    Tea tree oil is one of the best antifungal and antibacterial remedies available. In addition to its ability to treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, tea tree oil can be added to a mixture of vinegar and water as an effective cleaner for mold and mildew.

    Grapefruit Seed Extract

    Grapefruit seed extract can be used to cut and kill mold and mildew. It can be used topically as an odorless treatment.

    White Vinegar

    Vinegar is the most versatile natural product. It is effective as a mold and mildew cleaner, as well as a grease cutter and stain remover.

    Hydrogen Peroxide

    Hydrogen peroxide is effective for treating mold and mildew when mixed into a paste along with borax and lemon juice.

    Regular Maintenance

    In addition to regular cleaning, mold and mildew can only be prevented by ensuring that areas prone to dampness are left to dry. Both mold and mildew grow in extremely moist areas. Clean these areas regularly and keep them dry.

Read more: About Natural Cleaning Products for Mildew | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_4869042_natural-cleaning-products-mildew.html#ixzz0w89X9wc2

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