We can usually treat and repair a video tape that has mould contamination.
Running the tape through a video tape cleaning machine can prove adequate in milder cases.
In more severe cases, such as the VHS tape pictured, we need to apply a more invasive approach, by opening the cassette, dismantling the spools, and carefully cleaning the tape with specialist tools and cleaners.
This is a particularly delicate procedure that demands skill, patience and experience.
Once cleaned and spliced as required, we can safely play the tape and digitize it.
The playback quality from a video tape that has sufferred from mould contamination can vary, depending on how much damage the mould may have caused to the recorded surface.