On 10/07/07, [log in to unmask] wrote:

> Once the surface mold is dormant, it becomes dry and brittle- thus it
> is easier to wipe off and doesn't "smear". After a dry wipe, go back
> and inspect the tape surface to treat badly damaged/infected areas
> with your wet wipe of choice. Also note, removing the fungus from the
> surface of the tape DOES NOT KILL THE FUNGUS. If the tape is subject
> to high humidity conditions after being cleaned, the rhizomes imbedded
> in the tape binder will start growing fungus again fairly quickly.

In general, fungi live in the substrate and any visible parts that come
to the surface are fruiting bodies. The common greenish color is that of
the spores.

> The fungus can be killed with a wet-wipe of 111-Tri-chlor but this is
> a VERY time-consuming process and, since Tri-chlor is a controlled
> substance, the chemical is not readily available.
> Of course, you can always send the tapes out and have someone else do
> them, but labs like ours charge a fairly good amount to do fungus
> remediation.

Don Cox
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