DIY Tips for Removing Mold Damage

Safely Remove Mold in Your Home

Mold is fungi, which can pose a risk to human health. Mold likes to consume organic materials, such as wood, cotton, plaster, and paints. That is why you’ll often find mold form on the drywall and ceilings of a home. Of course, the environmental conditions must be just right to harvest these organisms.

For example, if your home experiences a lot of humidity and moisture in one or more rooms, then it’ll become a breeding ground for mold. Furthermore, you’ll have mold spores in the air which you’ll inadvertently breathe into your lungs. This can cause a variety of health problems and allergies to arise.

It is easy to recognize mold when it is present. You’ll notice a black or white substance forming on your clothes, furniture, walls, ceilings, and wherever else organic matter lies. The longer you leave the mold alone, the more it will grow on the surface of these materials. You must clean these surfaces to remove the mold.

How to Safely Remove Mold

If you go to almost any store, you can find special mold cleaning spray. This is a formula designed to kill mold and make it easy to wipe away with a rag or brush. Detergent is needed for removing mold from flooring and windowsills. Only use a rag to wipe away mold on drywall because it is extra porous. Water can be used to dilute any detergent or mold killing formula that you use. Dip the rag or brush in the water mixture and wipe the affected surfaces accordingly. Some other alternatives to detergent are white vinegar and bleach. They also kill mold quite well.

Once you’re done cleaning the mold away, make sure you dry these surfaces completely. Remember that mold is attracted to moisture and damp surfaces, so dry them out quickly with a dehumidifier, fan, air conditioner, towel, or whatever else you need to do. However, if your mold infestation problem is too severe to be cleaned away with convention cleaners, then you may need to call a mold damage removal company to help you eliminate the mold.

To prevent mold from coming back, you should change the environment so that it is not mold friendly. Get a dehumidifier and remove all the moisture from the rooms which have mold in them. If you have wooden flooring or any organic items lying around, try to replace them with synthetic-based items instead. Materials like polyester, nylon, and polyurethane do not attract mold. Try purchasing new clothes and furniture made from materials like these. And lastly, don’t leave food lying around or uncovered.

Call Orange Restoration ASAP if you have experienced any mold damage under your hardwood floors! It is incredibly important you take care of the damage right away or else it could lead to further damage and serious health risks! 619-376-6838