Mold Removal Tips
Molds live all around us. Mold spores float in the air like pollen. So you breathe them and they may be deposited in your lungs, as well as your nose and throat. Common sources of airborne molds include bathrooms, damp basements, carpeting, poorly ventilated closets, old upholstered furniture, humidifiers, even decaying leaves, stored fruits and vegetables, old wallpaper and home air ducts. Some may even be found on leather, cloth, rubber, wood and paper products. Mold and water damage go hand in hand and is definitely a huge problem for most homeowners.
If you want to control molds around you, change the settings that support their growth. Here are some mold removal tips to eradicate and prevent molds from growing and spreading.
- Remove mold from wood floors with dry cleaning fluid; if the mold is deeply embedded in the wood, use bleach or disinfectant. Rewax to restore the shine. Since mold needs a damp and wet environment, keep it from coming back by making sure that the area is well ventilated. Severe yellowing and darkening of older wood floors is most likely caused by the buildup of many years of varnish applications and may not be mold problem. All you have to do is refinish the floor.
- Bathrooms should also be clean at all times or they may be susceptible to mold growth if left dirty for a long time. If you can’t get around to cleaning the bathroom every day or every other day, sponge down the bathroom areas from cleanest to dirtiest at least once a week and use a liquid disinfectant cleaner. The ideal order would be mirror, sink, tub, toilet, wall and floor. Wear rubber gloves, safety goggles and protective garments.
- Prevention is still the best method for eliminating molds. Exhaust fans can do a good job of removing excess moisture in the bathroom. If it’s dry outside, leave the window and door open to allow proper ventilation.
- Installing an UV light bulb inside closet can keep molds at bay.
- Regularly wash, air and sun mattresses, pillows and rugs to kill mold and prevent them from growing or multiplying.
Molds can cause all sorts of respiratory problems including severe allergies, headaches, sore throat, runny nose and asthma. If your house has been contaminated with mold and water damage, these mold removal tips may help. But if the problem has gotten so big for you to handle on your own, it may be wise to hire a knowledgeable mold remediation person or company to take a look at your home and see if he can recommend structural changes that can prevent moisture or suggest ways to reduce mold growth.