Mold growth is an issue that you need to take seriously if it is in your home. Not only can mold be dangerous to breathe in, but it can rot the wood surfaces that it is growing on. Here are some tips for removing the mold that is in your home.
How To Stay Safe
When dealing with mold, you are going to be very close to all of the mold spores that can cause irritation if they get on your skin or you breathe them in. That's why it's important to always wear long sleeves, pants, gloves, safety goggles, and an N-95 face mask. This will prevent any of the mold from getting on you during the cleaning process.
How To Clean Hard Surfaces
If you have hard surfaces in your home with mold on them, like tile flooring, you can clean off the mold by washing the surface with a mold cleaning detergent. Just scrub the mold away using a brush to remove it completely. When finished, dry the surface off with a clean rag. All of your used rags should be disposed of in a sealed plastic bag to prevent mold spores from spreading.
How To Clean Porous Surfaces
A porous surface, like drywall, can be harder to clean without causing damage to the surface. It is best to soak a clean rag in a mold cleaning detergent and scrub the surface. The rag will be gentle enough to not cause damage.
How To Make Your Own Cleaning Solution
If you cannot find mold cleaning detergent, there are several DIY solutions that you can use to get the job done. You can use white vinegar that has not been diluted to naturally remove the mold in your home. You can also use bleach by mixing a cup of bleach to a half-gallon of water. You can also create an ammonia solution that is half ammonia and half water. Just make sure to never combine ammonia and bleach solutions together, since it can create dangerous fumes that are hazardous to your health.
How To Clean Outdoor Surfaces
Any of your cleaning solutions can be put in a pressure washer to clean an outdoor surface. You'll just want to make enough of it for a large area that needs mold removal. Be prepared to scrub the surface with a brush to clean stubborn areas that are not becoming clean with just the pressure washer.
If you have an extensive or reoccurring mold problem, call a residential mold removal service for additional help.