How to Get Rid of Mold
Time Required: Under 2 hours
The key is to remove mold before it spreads and becomes a bigger problem. Left unchecked, it can rot wood surfaces and cause indoor pollutants that can lead to health issues.
Tip: Run the bathroom fan or open the window when you take a shower to prevent mold from growing. Same in the kitchen, use exhaust fans or open the window when you do the dishes.
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Make your home a less friendly place for mold to grow.
- Before you get rid of the mold eliminate any moisture issues at the source or improve the ventilation, ideally both.
- Be sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and that water is properly draining away from your home’s foundation.
- Indoors, repair any plumbing leaks and install exhaust fans in bathrooms, the kitchen and laundry room.
- Run a dehumidifier to reduce the overall moisture level in your home to keep mold from growing.
It’s important to limit your exposure to mold and mold spores. Keep them out of your eyes and try not to inhale any.
- You can wear a mask or an N-95 respirator to avoid inhaling it.
- Wear gloves that extend to the middle of your forearm. Or, if you’re just using water and a mild detergent, household rubber gloves work fine.
- Wear goggles that don’t have ventilation holes to avoid getting mold or spores in your eyes.
- Scrub mold off hard surfaces such as window sills and tile with detergent and water and dry completely with a rag.
- For more porous surfaces, like drywall, just use a rag so you don’t damage the surface with more abrasive cleaners. If the surface is too porous to remove mold completely, like in ceiling tiles, you may have to replace it.
- To speed up the job, try a detergent specially formulated with mold killing ingredients .
- Always clean up mold and dry the surface before you paint. Otherwise, it is likely to peel.
Or, you can also create a mold killing solution with some common household items.
- Use undiluted white vinegar on hard surfaces in kitchens and baths.
- A bleach solution works, too. Mix one cup of bleach in a gallon of water, apply to the surface and don’t rinse.
- Mix ammonia with water, at a 50/50 solution and spray on the surface.
- Wait two to three hours and rinse.
- Never mix ammonia with bleach or other cleaning products, this will create toxic and dangerous fumes.
Get rid of external mold.
- You’ll want to get mold off the outside of your house, on siding or on your deck.
- Use a one-to-ten solution of bleach and water to the surface.
- Allow ten to twenty minutes and rinse with a garden hose.