Can a humidor be saved from a little mildew?

Q. Can a small humidor, one that holds25 to 50 cigars, be refurbished if it has a spot of mildew growth where the humidifier wasplaced before?I found a couple of these and I would like to fix itif possible.
-Randyin Clovis, CA

A. Get some very fine grit sandpaper (150 will do), and gently sand off the stains. Vacuum or wipe out the sawdust with a clean cloth dampened with distilled water and/or 50/50 solution.

If you plan to place a new humidifier in the same spot, just leave the sanded area alone. This will also help give you a better bond. If not, gently wipe the area with 50/50 solution. The polyglycol in the mix will help prevent any mold from coming back. You might want to do this anyway; just make sure it’s dry before you reapply a new unit.

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at cigaradvisor.com

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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