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"John,  Eek! Those rotted logs are no fun. Thankfully, there are log restoration pros who handle this kind of thing regularly. It's not cheap, but they'll know how to go about it correctly without compromising the structure…"
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"That makes sense. You might consider having a contractor come and do a thermographic survey of your home. This may help you pinpoint those specific areas that are causing the problems so you can deal with them directly, rather than more shooting in…"
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CharisB replied to Kim Broome's discussion Best Sealant for water leaks
"Good morning, Kim.  There are lots of options out there for sealants made specifically for logs and I'll get to that in a second. The bigger question: do you know where the leaks are coming from? Some are obvious (butt joints or the logs…"
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CharisB replied to Tracy Roberts's discussion Help with butting log siding to existing log wall
"Tracy -  A couple things: 1) If at all possible, please post pictures. It's going to be a lot easier for someone to give you an idea that way. 2) Give a call to Patrick Rasmussen with Design2Build Homes. He does some homeowner education…"
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CharisB replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Mike - That looks like mold/mildew to us. I had our chemist take a look, too. In addition, I'm seeing some wood fuzzing, likely caused by the combo of cleaning and rinsing. You'll want to sand that off with a 60 grit sandpaper. It'll…"
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CharisB replied to Mike's discussion Blue residue on logs after washing-Mold?
"Another thought: if the blue was there before, it could be tannin staining. The oxalic acid would bring it to the surface and loosen it some, which would make it come off easily with a finger. Rinsing the whole wall some more, then sanding just…"
Oct 12, 2018

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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 10:55am on August 15, 2019, Yve LeRoy said…

Hi girl, nice to meet you. Lol

At 4:43pm on October 25, 2017, Anthony Mercurio said…

I've noticed how very informed you seem to be when dealing with Sikkens.

I'm hoping you can advise me, as I am not very experienced with the product.
The house has Red Cedar Shingles which we washed according to proper procedure, ( TSP Bleach water mix with pump sprayer hard bristle brush scrub followed by power wash.)

The problem is most of the Black still remains, I applied bleach directly to a spot and it does not come off. Most of the Black seems to be trapped inside the previous coat of Cetol Log and Siding Translucent Satin which was done about 7 years ago. Do you recommend any other cleaner? Will I have to sand down with a sheet sander to remove this Black?

Also, what should I do with the badly weathered and flaking areas? Sand down to bare wood and spot with the Cetol Log and Siding Stain followed by a full coat on everything else? As you can see my experience is very limited.

I'm hoping you can point point me in the correct direction.

Thank you for your time I appreciate any help you might have time for.

Thanks Again!

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

We found the solution for everyone with fly problems! A friend of ours found these people and recommended them to us. We can't thank them enough. Check out their website - - we have 1/10 the flies after they sealed our home. We have always been inundated with flies. Not anymore!!! We highly recommend them to all log home owners. What they did even made our house warmer - - no more drafts. And they were very professional - - the type of people you enjoy doing business with. The name of the company is "Deny The Fly Log Home Maintenance". Their number is 406-721-2399. They are located in Montana, but I do know that they travel.

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.

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