The Movement Control Order (MCO) has been hard on everybody.
Business have been forced to close down, people are forced to stay indoors
and local artistes have been forced to ask for donations.
As it turns out, not only we humans are affected by the MCO.
Fungus, fungus everywhere
Several photos showing leather goods in a local shopping mall being covered in mould have been circulating on the social media site, illustrating what a two-month lockdown can do to non-perishable goods when nobody is touching them.
The photos, shared by Facebook user Nex Nezeum, show some leather (or maybe faux leather) products from a shopping mall, said to be the Metrojaya outlet in Suria Sabah, being devoured by fungus after being left untouched for almost two months.
Some of the bags on display are now being covered by a white fungal substance and chicken pox-like fungus:
Even a RM679 leather bag was not spared (ouch!):
On the other side of the aisle, leather shoes are also being consumed by mould:
Even belts and wallets too:
And yes, even the seats fell victim to the mould:
Humidity could be a factor
If you're wondering why mould is growing on these leather products, humidity could be the main reason why.
Since the MCO started on 18 March, shopping malls have been forced to shut down and the lack of air-conditioning and handling of the products has allowed the mould to grow and spread.
According to this page
, leather products should be stored at room temperature and a humidity of 40 to 60 per cent, with adequate air circulation.
Constant humidity of more than 70 per cent, a lack of air circulation and a high ambient temperature will contribute to the growth of fungi.
So, now that you can see first-hand what heat will do to your leather products, we suggest you put them at a cool, dry place.