Mold is one of the more unfortunate effects when water damage occurs in a home. When water damage occurs in a home and things aren’t cleaned out well, there’s a high probability of mold growing. Certain strains of mold can be quite dangerous and leaving it alone to grow can lead to health problems for the homeowners. So it’s best to get rid of it whenever you spot it. Today, we’ll be discussing how you, the everyday homeowner, can fight off mold.
First thing in fighting mold is understanding what it is. Mold is that fuzzy bacterial growth that can come in either gray or black. Mold needs a damp and moist environment to thrive. Moisture in homes are often caused by leaks or high humidity.
Using bleach is a rather cost-effective way in dealing with mold. Most food markets, grocery markets, and hardware stores will carry different brands of bleach. Bleach is pretty effective on solid, non-porous surfaces. There’s a pretty high percentile of efficacy against most strains of mold. It may not be able to reach the roots of mold in porous surfaces like wood and cement.
Make sure that windows are open or there’s running air when you make use of bleach. The mixture is usually 1 cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water. Make sure to mix thoroughly. Use a spray bottle and apply the mixture evenly to the areas affected by mold. Let it sit there for a while, allowing the solution to really do its job.
Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is always good at eliminating mold and bad odor. The good think about baking soda is that it’s relatively safe to use even if you have kids or pets in your home. Mix baking soda with water at a 50/50 ratio. If you’re dealing with a light mold stain or growth, stir until a paste is formed. Just apply the paste to the affected area and let it dry. When it’s a bit dry, make use of a brush and scrub away at the stained areas. Wipe away any mold debris or remaining paste.
Then mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 2 cups of water and place in a spray bottle. Spritz any area that was recently scrubbed. Let it dry. The nice thing about this is that there is no need to further rinse. For future use, you only need to reapply the water and baking soda mixture in the spray bottle and not the paste.
Hire a Good Cleaning Team
For a really deep clean, nothing beats a professional team. They’ll have the hands-on experience and equipment necessary to deal with mold infestations that’s hard to get or some which can’t be spotted by the naked eye.
This is particularly important when dealing with the more toxic breeds of mold that can live beneath walls or grow in basements and attics.
Mold infested homes may become an ideal breeding ground for pests and vermin. So it’s best to protect your loved ones and your investment by fighting mold as soon as it’s spotted. Make sure that there’s no sign of water damage in your home or address water damage issues as soon as they occur.