Mold is the biggest nuisance people can have in their homes. It not only creates health problems, but also makes the decor of our homes ugly to look at. Mold can grow in any corner of your home at any time. It blackens shower heads; causes discoloration on the walls and shows up as ugly and unsightly black spots on wood and walls. Moreover, it can cause health problems in kids and people with asthma. If you ever wonder why you sneeze so much in your home, check for mold growth first.
Get Rid of Mold The Menace!
Mold is common and almost every household has it. However, if you can control it before it spreads; you can avoid a lot of damage to your health and your household-exteriors.
Use This Step-By-Step Guide:
Here is a step-by-step guide recommended by experts that will teach you how to get rid of mold using simple and practical steps. A word of caution is that there are some types of mold that are highly-toxic and you cannot handle the removal yourself. It is best to take the help of professionals, who specialize in mold damage treatment.
Cleaning Products Can Help
Mold can easily be removed using some common household cleaning products. However, if the infestation is massive, you should not disturb it, as the spores will become airborne and cause respiratory or skin disorders. This is especially true if you are prone to allergies or have some other respiratory issues. Furthermore, even before you start cleaning mild mold, learn to identify it.
How to Identify Mold
Mold is a fungus that can grow anywhere but this fungus thrives in dark and damp places, such as basements, under damp carpets, attics, bathrooms and crawl spaces. The most common type of mold that is visible to the naked eye is called mildew. You will be able to identify it because of the characteristic dark spots. Check your bathroom and if you see black lines on the grout, you have mildew in your bathroom. You can even splash a few drops of bleach on the black spots. If the spots clean up, it is certain you have mildew.
The other type of mold is what infects wood. If the wood crumbles when touched with a sharp tool, it is a sign that mold has caused rot in the wood.
You also will know you have a mold menace in your home, if you are overpowered by a musty odor. You have to identify the infestation and get rid of it immediately.
How to Remove Mold: 7 Easy steps
Mold tends to collect in semi-wet and damp places. In order to get rid of it, wear goggles, gloves and respirators with filter before you use the following steps:
1.Remove carpets that are moldy and replace with new ones. It is very difficult to get rid of mold from carpets and that is why it is advisable to dispose it safely rather than risk your health.
2.When you identify black spots on the walls, use a disinfectant cleaner and a cloth to clean of the mold. In case the mold is stubborn, use a hard-bristled brush to scrub it off using hot water and household bleach. Mix half cup bleach in one quart water. Splash in some liquid detergent if you like.
3.After cleaning or scraping of the mold, use a high power vacuum cleaner to suck out the mold. Make sure that it is not left anywhere on the carpet or the floor.
4.Increase the temperature of the house while cleaning the mold. A temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit can effectively kill the mold.
5.Turn off air conditioning while cleaning. Air conditioning increases the chances of the mold multiplying. Mold grows very fast and spreads to other part of the house pretty easily. Mold can even spread to furnishings like curtains and bed spreads and it may prove to be detrimental to you and your family’s health.
6.In winters, use fireplaces as it helps control the growth of molds. Heat and smoke tends to kill mold. So using fireplaces is a good idea.
7.Discard all the rags and brushes after cleaning. Do not be tempted to reuse them.
Prevent Mold Growth
The key to stopping mold from growing and proliferating is by controlling dampness in the house. Fix all leaks and drips immediately. Do not let dampness seep into the house by getting a professional to take necessary action for mold damage treatment.
Never handle mold directly with your hands. If the mold infestation is excessive, use professional services to handle your mold damage treatment for you.
Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc.., a leading water damage remediation. and restoration services provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.