Mold and mildew are never a good thing. Not only can they be unsightly, but they can also make you ill. In this post, you’ll learn about dealing with common mold and mildew and cleaning it from your home.
If you see black mold in your home, you need to call in a professional to handle it. Certain types of mold can be deadly when inhaled. When it comes to basic mold and mildew cleaning and removal, there are several tips. Let’s take a closer look.
Look for Leaks Inside and Outside the Home
First things first. Where is the moisture that’s causing the mold and mildew coming from? Check the area where the growth is happening to see if there are any leaks. There can be leaks from pipes, HVAC duct work, windows, toilets, roofs, etc. If there is a leak, repair the area and then work to remove any damaged materials. Let the area dry out and then repair.
Reduce the Humidity Levels in Your Home
Sometimes mold and mildew occur when there’s too much humidity in the air. This is especially true in basements. If you have a lot of humidity, you can purchase a dehumidifier. In fact, it’s strongly recommended that you do so. If your closet or other small areas of your home seem to get damp, you can use products like DampRid that draw the moisture from the air into a container. Change these out regularly.
Scrub Away Shower Mildew with Ease
Shower and tub mold and mildew are easy to get rid of. Purchase a dish brush from the Dollar Tree that can be filled with cleaner. Fill the handle with half Dawn dish soap and half white vinegar. The two work together to easily clean your bathroom. The vinegar also sanitizes the area. If you’re dealing with porous areas (such as grout), never use bleach. The bleach will only kill the surface mold. You need something that will penetrate the area.
Keep Problem Areas Dry
If you have a problem area, make sure to keep it dry. For example, wipe down your shower and tub with a towel after you’re done showering.
Use an Antimicrobial Spray
Last, but not least, you can spray problem areas with an antimicrobial spray that will help prevent the mold and mildew from returning.
Removing mold and mildew is a dirty job but it’s easier than you might have thought. You will need to put in a bit of work. However, you can do a few things to help ensure the mold and mildew don’t return.