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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   todd s

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Posted May 19 2009 - 03:53 PM

I have a safe in my house that holds some videos, passports and some insurance paperwork. I went into it and it smelled a bit wierd. I just noticed the passports have a light mold/mildew stains on it. The safe is not in an area that is air conditioned and heated. Its also not getting wet. Their is a desicant pack. What is this from? And should I just clean it out and that will be it? Thanks!
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Posted May 19 2009 - 04:09 PM

It must get humid on occasion for the mildew to be there (a climate controlled area would likely prevent this). I would think about relocating the safe if that is a possibility. Either way, clean it out with bleach (including cleaning off anything that will go into the safe). Make sure it dries completely before closing it back up obviously. Also, desicant can only absorb so much moisture then it stops working. So I would consider replacing the desicant every month or so (and possibly use more of it).

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Posted May 19 2009 - 04:14 PM

Its in a climate controlled area...My closet. Nothing of monetary value is in it. But, I will clean it out and replace the desicant. Thanks!
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Posted May 19 2009 - 04:28 PM

OH! ok. I understand now. Well, with little air moving around it being in a closet, the slightest bit of dampness will just sit and grow things.

Might consider putting something like this in the closet itslef.

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#5 of 12 OFFLINE   sestamuch

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Posted May 19 2009 - 06:43 PM

I guess an air unit will do the trick.

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Posted May 19 2009 - 08:51 PM

Well there's always silica gel in a bigger bag.
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Posted May 20 2009 - 12:21 PM

Thanks for the advice. I took every thing out and cleaned it out with cleaner with bleach. Its wierd some of the papers I had in there almost felt wet. Its bizarre.
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Posted May 20 2009 - 03:06 PM

Sometimes the answers are right under our nose...

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#9 of 12 OFFLINE   Dennis Nicholls

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Posted May 20 2009 - 03:37 PM

But don't forget, the silica gel is not the same as the silica whitening formula used for whitening your teeth.
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Posted May 21 2009 - 12:01 AM

Anybody else first thought on this thread is "Why would somebody put mildew in a safe"??? BTW, I have seen bags that are used to reduce the humidy in a seasonal cabin, a bit more reusable than the disposable silica gel bag... Jay
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Posted May 21 2009 - 05:31 AM


Dispose of silica?? Posted ImagePosted Image Blasphemy!!

Nuke them in the microwave and they are as good as new from what I have heard

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Posted May 21 2009 - 06:31 AM

Well, you know one can never actually dispose of silica in the universe, it's a constant. They just go to Silica Nirvana til the next pair of hiking boots comes out (My hiking boots seem to be shipped with a bag of silica gel in them) Jay
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