Like any other part of nature, mold has its place in an environment. Outdoors, the mold breaks down dead materials. Indoors, the mold may pose a threat to the people’s health, living in the home.
To remove mold completely in the home environment is almost impossible. However, it is possible to reduce the existing mold infestation to an extent where it no longer causes a danger and preventing outbreaks of a new mold.
How Do You Get Rid Of Mold In A House
Here is a systematic DIY approach; you can use, to successfully complete the mold removal process:
(1) Find the existing mold in your home by doing a thorough search of all corners of your property. Mold is most probably to grow in moisture-rich areas, such as kitchens, the basement, and bathrooms. So, start your search in these areas. While searching, sniff and try to find musty odors.
Focus on any areas where there has been water damage or where flooding has happened. Search for any area having white or black spots on floors, ceilings, or walls. These spots seeming slightly fuzzy are normally signs of mold growth.
(2) Gauge the moldy area. If the moldy area is less than 10 square feet in size, then you can remove it yourself. If the area is more than 10 feet, then you will require professional cleaning.
(3) Seal the mold spot that you will be cleaning to stop mold spores from traveling from one room to another. Using plastic sheeting, cover air vents with duct tape and secure it in place with plastic sheeting. And open the windows in the room area for ventilation.
(4) Shift furniture in the cleaning room to another area having no mold on it. Put moldy items like books or papers into a plastic trash bag in order to dispose of. Keep all moldy fabrics inside a bag for later cleaning.
(5) When you are cleaning, wear safety goggles, an OSHA-approved particle mask, and nonporous gloves.
(6) Prepare a detergent solution having 1-gallon warm water and 1 cup detergent. Using a sponge, wash the mold surface. Then allow the surface for air drying.
Prepare a bleach solution containing ¼-cup bleach and 1 gallon of warm water and wash the moldy surface again. Do not dry the mold surface for allowing the bleach time to disinfect. After the first bleach wash, wait for 20 minutes, and then repeat. Wait one more 20 minutes and again, wash a 3rd time with bleach.
Following 20 more minutes, prepare a borate-based detergent solution having 1 gallon of water and 1 cup detergent and wash the mold surface. Do not rinse the borate detergent from the mold surface. The borate detergent wash stops the reoccurrence of the mold.
(7) Give the rest of the room a complete cleaning using normal cleaning method. Wash mops floors and the carpet in the area.
(8) Using normal cleaning methods, clean moldy fabrics in the laundry and return them back to the room.
(9) Clean the surface of the furniture moved from the room. Use detergent-based warm water for washing the hard-surfaced furniture and a fabric cleaner for washing fabric-covered items.
(10) Repair any leaks or water damage and get rid of the cause of the mold. If you are in a humid home, then control the humidity levels by installing insulation that stops the moisture build-up within your house.
(11) After cleaning, regularly check the areas of mold infestations. If the mold returns, examine behind the walls to detect hidden mold infestation. For handling mold inside walls, call a professional.
Here are the things you will need:
Plastic sheeting, Duct tape, Plastic trash bags, Measuring tape, Washer and dryer, Safety goggles, Nonporous gloves, Water, Borate-based detergent, Bucket, Furniture fabric cleaner, Laundry detergent, OSHA-approved particle mask (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), Sponge, Bleach, Carpet Cleaner, Mop, Floor cleaner
Note – Do not mix bleach with household cleaners like ammonia, since the resulting fumes from the solution can be toxic.
How do I get rid of mold in my house?
In order to get rid of mold, spot it, empty your room and wash the molded area several times. You require a bucket, water, a sponge, a tape measure, bleach, plastic sheeting, duct tape, detergent, and safety equipment. It takes approximately 2 hours.