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How to Prevent Mold in Your Wine Cooler

Aug. 01, 2020

Mold can break down dead organic matter and can grow almost anywhere, even your wine cooler. Mold spores are much more common than you might realize. When you open the door, they will float in the air and enter your cooler. Once they enter the interior, they can attach to any surface, and if the conditions are right, they will begin to grow. Fortunately, if you have the necessary tools to control the humidity in the wine cooler, their growth cycle can easily be disrupted.

Why Wine Coolers Are Susceptible to Mold

Food grows in the dark and requires temperature and humidity. Unfortunately, these conditions are very similar to those necessary for wine storage. Wine needs moisture to keep the cork properly sealed, darkness is needed to prevent ultraviolet rays from destroying its chemical bonds, and a stable temperature of 45°-55°F to maintain its aroma and flavor. Wine bottles are also a food source. Although some molds can only survive on water, most molds that enter the wine cooler rely on corks and labels on wine bottles.

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How to prevent mold in your wine cooler

The easiest way to prevent mold is to control the humidity level in your wine cooler. In summer, rising temperatures increase the water vapor content in the air, which is also a problem. Whenever you open the door, moist air will enter your wine cooler, so the first step in controlling humidity is to close the door as much as possible.

In addition to limiting the amount of water entering your wine cooler, you also need a way to absorb the excess water inside. Fortunately, there are several commonly used moisture absorbers to choose from, such as baking soda, chalk, clay absorbers, silica beads, and calcium chloride. All of these can be bought online or in local supermarkets.

How to remove mold from wine coolers

If mold does get into your wine cooler, you need to remove it before it can cause too much damage. There are several common household chemicals that will kill molds, such as bleach, ammonia, borax, baking soda, and vinegar, but not all of them are suitable for every wine cooler. Some wine coolers use wooden shelves to store wine. These shelves can cause problems because mold is not a surface-level parasite. If it starts to grow on porous materials, such as wood, it will take root. If they are not killed, these roots will re-grow and re-affect your cooler. If you do not choose the right chemical cleaning agent, please make sure that every wooden shelf has cleaning agent.

The information is provided by liquor bottle factory.

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