Mold and mildew infestation is one of the common problems faced by homeowners currently. It is a fungus that grows on anything and thrives anywhere where it can find moisture, mostly on surfaces that are warm, damp, poorly lit, and poorly ventilated. It produces a musty and an irritating odor that disturbs the occupants.
When left unchecked, it can lead to serious damage, such as provoking allergies and even asthma attacks to people who are prone to their attacks. In the following article we will focus on how to remove mold from your home, and means of preventing mold and mildew infestation.
How to get rid of mold in the house?
1) Eliminate moisture
The first step that you should take is to prevent mold infestation by ensuring that you don’t have humid places in your house. The second way is ensuring that you have no wet clothes in your house to prevent humidity. Thirdly, you can use an air conditioner that can help by taking in warm air, that holds more moisture, and circulating it back out as cool, dry air which prevents dumping off.
You can also use a humidistat or dehumidifier to aid in reducing humidity in the house. On dry days you should open up your windows and turn on electric fans to help in circulating the dry air into your home and carry the moisture out. You should also fix any leaks and address any plumbing issues in your house.
2) Using cleaning solutions
There are a number of cleaning solutions that you can use to remove molds and mildew. They include the following:
- Vinegar- You can kill the mold in your house by cleaning it using white vinegar. You should not dilute the vinegar. Pour the vinegar directly on the moldy spots in your home and let it sit for a while and then wipe away the vinegar and mold. Repeat this process until the entire mold is removed.
- Bleach- This is another way of removing mold. You should mix one cup of bleach with one gallon of water, then use it to clean the affected area. For better results don’t wipe the area affected afterward.
- Baking soda- This is both mild and safe to use, and it also acts as a deodorizer. It can be used on porous surfaces that are infested with molds. You should add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 8 ounces of water and ensure you thoroughly mix it. Then spray the affected area and then scrub with a sponge or brush, and ensure you rinse the house. Spray for the second time, but this time you don’t rinse afterward.
3) Cut out large infestations
In case of large infestation of mold, one should consider replacing the affected area. This should be done by cutting off damaged services.
4) Hire professionals
Lastly, you can consider seeking services of a professional mold remediation specialist when dealing with a persistent infestation. The specialist will determine the extent of the infestation and advise you on how to deal with the mold.