Don’t panic if you see a spot that looks like mold. You can easily remove them without spending too much by checking out these tips.
Check To Be Sure It's Really Mold
Mold can look many different ways, depending on the type. Some are grayish-white; others are black and can look like a dirty smudge. If you're in doubt, you can do a test with chlorine bleach. Simply put a drop on the spot. If the color immediately fades away, you have mold. Mold needs moisture to grow. You’ll need to find the source of the leak and repair it to prevent mold from growing and spreading.
How To Kill Small Mold Problems
A lot of people think mold clean up has to be expensive. The truth is that most mold problems can be eliminated with chlorine bleach. Bleach is a strong chemical, so for safety you’ll need to wear gloves, an air filter and goggles while you clean. Remember, you need to work in a well-ventilated area, and never mix bleach with anything that contains ammonia.
The process is pretty simple:
- Thoroughly soak the area in full strength bleach.
- Let it soak for fifteen minutes.
- Scrub the area with a mixture of one-part chlorine bleach, three-parts water and one teaspoon of dishwashing soap.
Finishing The Clean-Up
Once everything has been washed, you’ll need to do another inspection of your home. Look for moldy papers, clothes, or anything porous that could attract mold. These things will need to be bagged and thrown away. Allow two to three days for the surfaces to dry and continue to inspect the areas for mold re-growth, and pay attention for any musty odors.
Major Mold Problems
If you know or question whether you have a major mold problem don’t hesitate to hire a professional to assess your air quality and to evaluate surfaces. Mold can be toxic and extremely dangerous for people that have mold allergies. It can also decrease your home value.
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