Besides just looking awful, mold is also dangerous to your health and your property. It may be useful in making cheese, but it’s not something you want taking up residence in your house. Mold feeds on a home’s foundation and structure, which can bring it tumbling down. In addition, being exposed to mold for a long time can cause skin issues, colds, respiratory issues, coughing and more. If someone in your home has asthma, mold can lead to frequent attacks. The only way to make your house safe from mold is to remove it.
Mold can be just about everywhere in your house but most especially in spaces that are dark and damp. It’s easy for it to grow under carpet padding and in kitchen cabinets. Once you’ve located mold growing in your home, you need to remove it as fast as possible.
Following are steps to take in DIY mold removal:
- Suit Up for Safety: Protect yourself from the mold you’re removing by wearing rubber gloves, a long sleeve shirt and pants while cleaning. Also, use a mask or respirator to avoid inhaling spores into your lungs.
- Dehumidify: The air in your home needs to be dried out so that mold doesn’t return. You can do this by using a dehumidifier or a fan.
- Inspect Plumbing: All leaky faucets, pipes and other plumbing items need to be repaired. This keeps moisture out of your house and avoids mold from water damage.
- Assess Mold On Wood: You need to sand down wooden floors or studs if they’ve got mold growing on them. However, this is a job for a professional.
- Disinfect Problem Areas: Once you’ve removed the mold you can see, disinfect the area with something like a mixture of bleach and water that has ¼ cup bleach per each gallon of water. Apply the mixture to the problem area and let it set for 15 minutes. Rinse off the solution and let it dry.
- Cleaning Items: You can remove and prevent mold on washable items by using dish or laundry soap, hot water and a strong brush. Washable items include such things as hard tile, concrete, metal, hard plastic and glazed ceramic.
- Cleaning Mold Infested Materials: Sprinkling water on materials infested with mold can effectively stop the spreading of airborne mold. Non-ammonia soap or detergent is best for cleaning surfaces such as plastics, metals and glass.
- Keep Your House Dry: Clean your house regularly as this makes your home a place mold wants to avoid. When cleaning your kitchen, counters and tiles, remember to never mix bleach and ammonia together. This can produce toxic fumes that will make you ill.
Removing mold is usually an easy process and, in most cases, you can do it on your own. However, there can be situations that are serious enough to warrant professional help. If your mold problem is a big one, don’t hesitate to contact a professional mold removal company.