How to Get Rid of Mold
Winter brings rain and snow to many throughout the United States and Canada. Whether it be snow or rain, the winter months could have intruded into your home. Come spring, heavy rain often imposes the same threat. While the statement rings true that “April showers bring spring flowers,” the unfortunate reality is that excessive moisture can often result in finding mold in your home.
For the health of your family, it’s important to keep in mind that breathing in mold can cause respiratory problems. This is why you should learn how to get rid of mold in the house naturally—getting rid of the mold for good, especially early on.
Types of Mold and Where It Grows in the Home
Mold likes to make its way throughout homes by spreading across painted walls, drywall, the ceiling, and wooden cabinets. With older houses, mold will also grow on wooden windowsills as well as in basements. Another troublesome spot is in the shower, especially in the tile grout. This mold can be green, brown, or even black, and just so you are aware, black mold can be the absolute worst for your health as well as carrying an awful smell. You should definitely be on the lookout for all types of mold growing in your home.
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Should I DIY It to Get Rid of Mold Spores or Hire a Professional?
We do not recommend handling mold by yourself. Hiring a professional mold remediation service is the only way to ensure maximum safety, and it’s generally much more cost-effective to hire a professional right away, rather than waiting for the infestation to become unmanageable later. COIT is a professional cleaning service specializing in emergency restoration for homes across North America.
While there is no substitute for hiring cleaning professionals to handle mold inside your home, if you absolutely must do it yourself, be sure to wear goggles, gloves, and a HEPA face mask. This will protect you before spraying your solution of choice directly on the mold so it comes into contact with the spores. Before beginning, the truth regarding one mold cleaning myth needs to be cleared up.
Can I Bleach Mold or Is That a Myth?
Contrary to what you might have heard, bleach can actually make mold damage worse. So yes, trying to get rid of mold by using bleach is definitely a myth. In fact, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends you do not utilize bleach to fight mold unless the circumstance is a unique one involving application by a professional.
Does Vinegar Kill Mold?
We get asked all the time if vinegar can kill mold. The answer is yes, vinegar is often used to successfully get rid of mold, and this how we recommend getting rid of mold in your home.
5 Steps to kill the mold:
1. Plastic spray bottles available on Amazon cost very little. Get one.
2. Once you have an empty spray bottle, fill it with some white distilled vinegar.
3. Proceed to spray the areas visibly infected with mold, and then leave it applied for around an hour or so as the mild acidity breaks down the spores.
4. Next, use a rag or paper towel to scrub down the mold, which should wipe away.
5. Apply some water to finish clearing off all substances. After drying, the smell of the vinegar will go away.
If you’ve followed these 5 simple steps, you may have successfully gotten rid of mold in your home. Of course, if problems persist or you’re worried there is still mold hidden out of plain sight, get in touch with professionals such as COIT to handle the complete remediation.