Have you ever wondered how to get rid of mold in your home? If you have, you are probably sick of it spreading and getting more powerful. Well, today is your lucky day because I’m going to cover several ways how to get rid of mold in your home.
Use Bleach to Kill Mold
Bleach is a potent chemical that kills almost all types of fungus, including mold. It also disinfects surfaces to prevent mold from returning if applied to an unaffected area.
Bleach works by destroying the cell walls in fungi, which stops them from growing and spreading. The chlorine in bleach also prevents fungi from producing energy from ultraviolet light or chemicals through photosynthesis — essentially starving them to death.
Invest In a Dehumidifier
The best way to prevent mold from growing in your house is to control humidity. Invest in a dehumidifier for especially damp rooms or if you live in a humid climate.
A dehumidifier works by pulling moisture from the air and collecting it in a bucket or tray. Some models have a pump that can empty the water into a sink or drain, which means you don’t have to worry about regularly emptying the bucket. You’ll want to run your dehumidifier year-round to prevent mold growth, especially during high-humidity months.
Use Vinegar and Soap
Vinegar has been known to kill mold, so it’s a good choice for cleaning up your shower or bathtub. It’s safe to use on every surface of your bathroom except natural stone.
Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water. Add 1/2 tsp of dish soap to the mixture (it’ll help the vinegar stick to surfaces). Spray the mixture on surfaces, allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then scrub away the mold with hot water, a sponge, and a little elbow grease.
Hire a professional
Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects. Molds can have a big impact on indoor air quality.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores, which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
The best practice is to hire a qualified mold inspection company to perform mold testing. People often make the mistake of doing their own testing or hiring a company that only performs visual inspections; this is dangerous because they could miss areas of concern that could lead to illness or disease. Mold inspectors are trained professionals who are certified in proper procedures for identifying and removing infestations within your home or business.
Soak affected clothes in hot water
Mold and mildew can really wreak havoc on your clothing. If you have mold on clothes in the closet, it’s important to act quickly to prevent the mold from spreading further. The first thing you’ll want to do is soak your clothes in hot water. You can do this with a washing machine or by hand.
If the moldy area is small, you may be able to get rid of it with a simple wash cycle using hot water and detergent. Some household items such as baking soda and white vinegar can also help remove mold.
For larger areas, you will likely need to use bleach along with hot water and detergent. Use caution when handling bleach as it can be toxic if inhaled or ingested, even in small amounts.
Removing mold from your home takes a lot of effort, but it can be done. And if you have someone helping you who understands mold and how to get rid of it, the job will go much quicker and easier.