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My new log cabin sat without stain for 10 months and then the somewhat weathered and darkened logs were sprayed with a bleach/water mix and left to sit for a few hours. The logs were looking very nice and clean and white and then, just a few hours after bleaching the cabin was stained with a clear linseed oil based product. The logs now have black spots and splotches. How can I get rid of the black splotches if it has just been stained. Need help much because I want the logs to be light and

Answer:

Never use bleach on wood. Your stain can fail prematurely because of a lack of a good bond to the wood fiber due to the bleach. The logs were not allowed to dry log enough before staining, at least a couple of days if they were not power washed. If they were power washed they should be allowed to dry for at least 2 weeks, 4 is better. The black you are seeing is the moisture coming to the surface and is trapped by the stain and causing black mold to grow. Linseed oil is a food for black mold, plan on it getting worse unless you completely strip the house and start over.

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Posted By Kelli
5/1/2011
My husband and I were recently given an older log home and while doing the clean out this weekend we noticed some type of mold or mildew on the interior wood walls. What is the best way to start restoration of this wood.
Thank you,
Kelli