Causes of Mildew
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Taiwan, which is located in the subtropical zone, with a marine tropical climate, is warm and humid all year round. Under these conditions, mildew often appears on the interior furniture and cabinets. To be specific, the interior decoration employs the use of wood studs as the basic framework which is then covered by the decorative materials. If the wood studs moisture content exceeds 18% it is very likely to cause mildew on the surface of the wood laminate, pre-finished fancy laminate, and even the plywood backing. Therefore, the solution to avoid mildew generation on the wooden surface is to keep the fresh laid brick wall in dry condition for a while before adding the decorative materials.
Moreover, the humidity could mildew the surface of decorative materials which are attached on the kitchen wall or that are close to the bathroom. Thus, the best way to prevent the decorative material from forming mildew is to keep the indoor area well ventilated, adapting dry wood studs for the basic framework, and keeping the relative humidity of the indoor area at the range of 50% to 60 %. By following those practices above, the durability of the decorative materials could be extended effectively.