|Tatami naturally regulate humidity, but in a disused room this quickly invites mold|
My house has a gorgeous Japanese style room that we aren’t using.
None of our furniture in Japanese style and it seems like a waste
of the décor to use the room as a study or TV room. We joked about keeping it
for the sole purpose of composing haiku on rainy days (it looks out into the
Japanese part of the garden) or playing mah-jong. So far we haven’t done
either, and we keep the doors shut to stop Kuri from eating the tatami. As I
should have been aware, these are the ideal conditions for mould to flourish.
At first I thought that the blotches were shadows, but when the underside of my
feet turned green I realised that we had a serious mould problem.
I sprayed it with barely diluted white vinegar and carefully wiped it down with an old towel.
It worked well, but ideally I would have
lifted the tatami up and set it outside to sun. The weather has been too
unstable lately with typhoons hitting every other weekend to risk it though, so
I settled for leaving the garden doors open as often as possible to let the sun
in and the air circulate.
|Vinegar is like magic! Cleans anything and tastes good too!|
|Will not be using this as a towel any more.|