Mould Contamination and Video Tape Cleaning
This has become a common problem with video tapes in recent years.
The mould can often be seen on the tape inside the cassette, and has a white/green/yellow powdery or paste like appearance.
Attempting to play a contaminated tape can damage the video player and will almost always result in the tape tearing or snapping.
As such, a mouldy tape presented to us may also need splicing.
Video tapes diagnosed with mould contamination should be immediately quarantined to prevent spreading the growth to other tapes.
We can usually treat and repair a video tape that has mould contamination, by opening the cassette, and cleaning the tape with specialist tools and cleaners.
This is a particularly delicate procedure that demands skill, patience and experience.
Video tapes can become mouldy however stored, but in particular where tapes have been stored in less than ideal environments such as sheds, garages, lofts and attics.
We repair video tapes only in order for us to transfer and digitize them, and as such we class the repair as 'temporary' and advise against using the tape again.