Removing household mold is imperative to having a clean breathing environment for your family. If there’s moisture, then there’s a chance mold is growing. The fungus is a mold. Once mold grows it releases microscopic spores into the air that we breathe, which is harmful to us to inhale.
Those that have existing respiratory problems are likely to experience adverse health effects from being exposed to mold. The primary factor in eliminating the growth of mold is to reduce the moist conditions they thrive in for a cleaner air source.
If you are one of the few lucky ones that haven’t seen mold and are unsure of what to look for it will be helpful to know that it’s the blackened areas on your grout line of your shower (“blackened” or “black spots” refer to a type of mold called mildew), black spots on your siding, and is the rotting of damp wood. Nearly every home gets exposed to mold infestations, and there are tricks to stop them before it becomes harmful to your families health. Enjoy our list of ways to remove mold and to prevent it on How to Remove Common Household Mold Problems, page 1 0f 2.
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…Without further ado:
#1 How To Remove Mold From Carpeting
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To rid your carpet of mold, you will need to take on the causes beforehand and then proceed to remove the mold. So you will first begin by removing all of the furniture in the room.
Dry your carpet. A wet-dry vacuum will work the best and then spread baking soda over your carpet. Leave it for roughly two hours, and not to allow anyone to walk on the carpet. This process gives the baking soda plenty of time to penetrate your carpet and retain the dried mold spores.
Once it’s reached two hours, you may then vacuum the baking soda off of the carpet, which will also remove the spores that are the cause of the mold contamination and odor. Run your vacuum over the carpet several times to ensure every bit was removed.
Next, you will want to shampoo the carpet to give it an extra cleaning for a more thoroughly and deodorized carpet. Finally, run your wet-dry vac over the carpet under the “dry settings” and dry the carpet
#2 How To Remove Surface Mold
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Surface mold loves to grow on any damp surface it can find. They’re easy to control with a mixture of 1/2 cup bleach, 1 qt. water and a little detergent. The bleach kills the mold, and the detergent helps raise it off the surface so you can wash it away so it won’t be able to return as quickly.
#3 How to Remove Mold Off of Unpainted Drywall
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If you discover mold growing on an unpainted drywall inside your home, you will need to remove the drywall and replace it. Unfortunately, there is no way to rid mold from an unpainted drywall because of it being a porous material.
Have a utility knife on-hand to cut out the sections of drywall that have mold on it. Cut out a section that covers two of the wooden beams behind the drywall. If you do this, it will enable the ability to attach the replacement section of drywall onto the two beams.
Next, cut out a section of the new drywall to replace the moldy drywall you just took out. Now you will measure out the width and length of the new drywall that you’ll need so that it will ensure a proper fitting.
Place the new drywall cutout and insert into place and then use drywall screws to attach it to the exposed wooden beams. Next, you will a apply joint compound and then leave it to dry. Let the mixture set for 24 hours, after 24 hours you can then sand the compound to smooth it out.
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Susan Carlyle says
I’ve had problems with “dirty washcloth smell” on my clothes and towels within one day of using those horrible detergent pods. I special ordered Tide professional with Oxy bleach from WalMart since no one seems to sell powdered detergent any more. It works. Has any one else noticed that the pods are inefficient– so much so that they are selling Downy smell-kill products as a companion item to already expensive pods?
I have leather couches and they are constantly covered in mold, do you have any suggestions as to how to prevent this?
I have use d bleach mixture an keeps coming back professional said bleach feeds black mold I have tried everything
Shirley Durrett says
I always cut the hem off the bottom of shower curtain. It allows the water to drain off easier. Then put in washing machine every month or so.
Excellent Tip, Shirley 🙂