How to dry out damp wood planks
August 14, 2021 | 10:08 pm CDT
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My dad purchased these wood planks to use as bed slats in a new bed frame. I have no clue where he got them or how they were stored, but when I unloaded them from the car, they felt damp to the touch and have a slight smell.

The fact that they ever got wet isn't surprising seeing as we're in Central Florida and it is the rainy season. I'm worried about mold or mildew. There's storage built into the bed frame that I was planning on using for my clothes, so mold/mildew/strange smells aren't ideal. I've placed a fan at level with frame, and mean to leave it to dry out for at least a day. It's been a couple of hours, and the smell has wafted through the rest of the house. The boards do look a bit lighter in color so maybe they're drying out after all, or I could be imagining it. What else can I do to help dry it out? How long should it take to dry out properly? (AC is set to 75 F. Boards are about 1 inch thick and maybe 5-6 inches wide) How can I tell if it's properly dry? Should I apply some sort of sealant once it is dry?