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How To Eliminate Mold From Every Nook And Cranny In Your Home

Tuesday, August 30, 2022


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Mold can develop anywhere, from your drywall to your basement. That’s because it is one of the most robust and resilient species on the planet. In fact, researchers believe that molds are responsible for turning bare rock into the soil we know and love today.

Unfortunately, mold can also result in a host of unwanted side effects. Not only does it smell bad, but spores can cause respiratory harm, particularly to children. It can also contribute to the so-called “sick building syndrome” where people in entire apartment blocks feel unwell.

The good news is that getting rid of mold in your home is relatively straightforward. Here’s what you need to know:

Gather The Materials That You Need

The first step is to gather all the materials that you need. You can remove mold with bleach and other specialist cleaning products that kill the fungus.

There are some natural methods for eliminating mold, but they aren’t as effective as commercial preparations. For instance, you could try using vinegar or hydrogen peroxide, though they may not work as well.

Get To Work In The Bathroom

The bathroom is a mold magnet, thanks to the room’s high moisture content. Black stains tend to show up over time, particularly if you are not religious in your cleaning efforts.

Start by taking a look at your shower curtain. If you can see mold and it is made of plastic, then most sprayable commercial preparations will be okay. Once you spray the curtain, rinse it with water. The stains should disappear.

Next, look at your shower and check the grout. Almost always, you’ll notice black stains. Unfortunately, once these become ingrained, they can become almost impossible to remove. Mold actually works its way into the interior of the grout because it uses it as food. In many cases, the only solution is to rip out the old grout and replace it with new.

Remove Mold From Walls And Ceilings

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Mold can also appear on walls and ceilings if conditions are right. Moldy walls usually result from poor guttering, foundation issues, or flooding.

If guttering is the issue, then get a handyman to clear out debris and ensure that your downspouts and drains are working correctly. If foundations are the issue, you’ll need to consult with a structural engineer. Lastly, if you’ve been a victim of flooding, then comprehensive flood restoration may be required.

Removing mold from walls and ceilings is relatively straightforward, as long as there are no underlying issues. Begin by cleaning the surface with some regular detergent and a sponge or brush. Then let it dry completely.

Once that’s done, apply a water and bleach solution: three-quarters of a cup of bleach to a gallon of water. Allow the solution to work its magic before scrubbing, rinsing, and drying.

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Sometimes, this process will damage the paintwork. If that happens, you will need to repaint the affected area.

In summary, getting rid of mold is something that you can often do yourself. However, in some situations professionals are essential.



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