Mold in new kitchen peninsula
PLEASE HELP!!! I live on the first floor of a high rise condo on the beach in Florida. We are in the midst of a complete kitchen remodel that started because we had to replace a peninsula due to a mildew smell and some mold in the drawers that we could not get rid of. The doors and drawer fronts were made of laminate on particle board and it had a Corian top. The boxes were painted wood. The cabinets below the drawers always seemed to be OK. Prior to the decision to get rid of the peninsula, we tried washing the drawers and cabinets with clorox, painting, then changing the drawer boxes out altogether. The maple boxes we replaced them with grew a fuzzy white mold inside along the rims. There is no water in the peninsula or near it but a number of years ago, my husband rigged up a dehumidifier while we were away for the season and he put it on the peninsula counter, running a hose from it to the sink across the kitchen. The hose slipped out and the water poured into the peninsula drawers. You could see where the particle board had expanded the drawer fronts and cabinet door fronts in some places. We figured that the damage from that must have been the cause because we couldn't find any other source of water so we made the decision to remove the peninsula. We put in a tile floor under the new peninsula (previously just concrete) with 6 drawers on one side and 2 double cabinets on the other. It is made of veneer over solid wood with a quartz countertop. We haven't even put our dishes or pots and pans back in the drawers because the kitchen is not completely finished. Today I opened the top 2 drawers to try to figure out what to put in them, noticed a smell in them and found some fuzzy mold in the corners. My cabinet maker came and found the outer bottom and back of the drawers were already covered in fuzzy green mold and it was starting to spread to the lower drawers and was on the back of the upper base cabinet spreading down. The top drawer farthest away from the wall was by far the worst. This is 1000% more extensive than ever before in the old peninsula. The drawers are empty and have only been in place since June! There is no problem in any of the other new kitchen cabinets and drawers, including the 2 cabinets on the back side of the same peninsula and the other cabinets and drawers that abut the same wall. We have air conditioning and do not leave windows or doors open. Any ideas on what has happened and what to do?