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CharisB replied to Doug Ottney's discussion Stains on ceiling
"No problem, Doug. Sometimes I see these right away and other times, it's a few days before I see them. So life goes, right? Glad they're not noticeable. Tannins sit at the surface, so it shouldn't take a lot to sand them down. But do…"
CharisB replied to Doug Ottney's discussion Stains on ceiling
"Doug -  Without photos, can't say for sure, but those are likely tannin stains that you have on there and the only way to really get rid of those are to sand them down. There are chemical cleaners that can lighten them some, but…"
CharisB replied to TNail's discussion any ideas about this discoloration?
"Thanks, Tom. Not sure what's up. The link is correct, but I know that underwent some changes this week. Wonder if there's some funky coding messing with things.  For anyone reading, the link…"
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CharisB replied to Shelley 's discussion Newbies
"Give a call to Log Home Store in OR - 1-800-827-1688. Scotty who owns and manages the place used to build log homes. He is a great resource.  In addition, download our booklet called Restoring the Dream. It'll take you through the…"
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CharisB replied to TNail's discussion any ideas about this discoloration?
"Some of that looks like normal sunburn discoloration; however, in your second picture, that lower left corner is REALLY dark, which could be a sign of rot. YUCK. Before you buy, have a log home restoration contractor take a look and give you the…"
Mar 6
CharisB replied to Rodney coryer's discussion Cedar deck mold
"Sure thing. When you do get around to things this summer, be sure to keep in mind that most cleaners will discolor cedar. It usually takes a secondary neutralizer to bring the color back to normal. Check with the manufacturer of the cleaner for…"
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CharisB replied to Rodney coryer's discussion Cedar deck mold
"Hi, Rodney. Is your deck stained? Your photos look to be showing tannin staining more than mold/mildew. Cedar is especially susceptible to tannin staining when a chemical is used to clean it. Those chemicals change the pH of the wood and draw the…"
Mar 2
CharisB replied to Keren Rhodes's discussion Can you share your log home's HERS rating?
"Not impossible, but definitely can be a bit more difficult. Take a look at this whitepaper from the Log Home Council (part of the NAHB). It's a bit dated, but may be…"
Feb 23

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Black stuff on your logs: is it really mold or mildew?

Not all black spots on your logs or deck are mold and mildew.

Learn more here.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 3:49pm

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At 7:35pm on March 20, 2012, larry said…

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At 7:59pm on August 22, 2011, Terry & Shelley S said…


Sorry,  I meant  would it be worth it for us to buy enough 'mildewcide' for a five gallon bucket; not the cleaning agent? 

At 7:55pm on August 22, 2011, Terry & Shelley S said…

Charis, Thanks for the information. 

One more question....IYHO would it be worth our while to order enough of the Stay Clean I/E for a five gallon bucket and use it when we do our maintenance coat in a couple years?  Or would there be a shorter shelf life on it? 

Thanks again.

At 4:54pm on August 21, 2011, Terry & Shelley S said…

Charis, Hi. with the wealth of information/help you've given others here, we're hoping you can help us as well.   

Our log home is a little over 1 year old.  We've noticed some black spots on the underside of our entry porch roof beams (this is the only place we see anything like this).  Wiping them with a damp rag, they fade a little, then return so we know it's not something as simple as dirt.  We're thinking possibly mold and/or mildew? We'd like to get this under control as soon as possible to keep it from spreading/ getting worse. 

What we know:

Stainers did NOT properly clean logs/posts/beams prior to staining.

Stain used is Sikkens Cetol 1 & 2/3 (Teak)   which we love. 


First, how do we determine for sure it is mold/mildew?  What process/solutions would you suggest we use to take care of it? 


Let us know if you need further information.  If it's easier for you, you can email us @ 


Thank you in advance for any help/advice you can give us. 


Terry & Shelley

At 3:27pm on May 7, 2010, Ron Morgan said…
Thanks Chris, I appreciate your kind comments.
At 1:26pm on February 19, 2010, Kevin Piatz said…
Congradulations, I enjoy your posts a lot.
At 12:02pm on December 15, 2009, Jackie Pinkston said…
thanks Charis. I'll see what I can find for our state.
At 10:11am on November 24, 2009, Glenn V said…
Hi Charis. We love our property. Its 10 acres almost all wooded with a great creek running thru it. The front, like in the picture is already cleared off. We planted several cherry and apple trees plus a variety of other trees and bushes to attract birds. We are fairly sure we will be going with Golden Eagle. We don't have the mountain views tho..... just none available at the current time in Kansas.....Been to Co. many times skiing in different resorts. I need to look up and see where Henderson is. I love the beauty of Co.
At 6:56pm on November 20, 2009, Glenn V said…
Thanks Charis. I got that as a Christmas present a couple years ago. The picture it is in is our actual property we will build on some day not too far off. The other picture is a plan I have been designing on the computer. I put some of the log walls on, but the gables is a real pain to put the logs on with this program and of course it has changed again since I drew that one. Part of trying to fit every desire into a smaller package. BTW thanks for all your expertise you have given. It really has helped me. I try to become knowledgeable in things I do and probably go a little overboard. But its always better to be informed than to shoot in the dark. The company I will be going with use Shashco for the inside stain, which I probably will put on myself.
At 1:07am on September 12, 2009, Greg said…
Hi Charis: I'd appreciate a copy of the log stain comparison and keeping the dream alive. Thanks Greg

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