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How to Get Rid of Shower Mold the Green Way

[ 0 ] June 22, 2010

Shower Mold

Shower mold can be seen in bathrooms all over the world. It’s a very common thing to have in a home. However, just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s alright. Still, it’s hard to keep it from growing in an area that’s damp most of the time.

Your shower is an easy target because of its high level of moisture. Bathroom mold is a potential health hazard, and it makes your bathroom look terrible. Thankfully, you can do something about it. 

There are dozens of commercial products designed to remove mold from your home. Unfortunately, some of these mold cleaners are toxic and not good to have in your home. Before buying an abrasive cleaner, you can try some natural mold removal techniques.

People were using these methods for mold removal long before commercial cleaners even existed. Go ahead and try them out. If you’re not pleased with the results, you can always get a cleaner from the corner store.

Here are some environmentally friendly ways to restore your shower’s original appearance.

1. Use a mixture of distilled white vinegar and baking soda. These two ingredients are cheap and available in just about any grocery store. Best of all, neither of them are toxic. Create a paste of two parts of baking soda and one part of water and white vinegar.

Apply the paste to the trouble spots and let dry for three minutes. After time has elapsed, wipe the paste away with a sponge or cloth. Apply pressure when you wipe to remove stubborn spots.

2. Use plain vinegar. If mixing vinegar with baking soda sounds too messy, you can use the vinegar alone. This is by far the cheapest way to solve your mold problem. However, vinegar alone has a very strong scent. Depending on how much you use, it could take hours for the smell to evaporate. Go right ahead and try this method if the smell doesn’t concern you.
 
It’s reported that vinegar kills most kinds of mold, so it’s worth a try. Just pour some white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle and get to work. Spray the vinegar where necessary, let it sit for a while and then wipe the area.

If the above methods don’t produce the desired results, then get a cleaner from the store. In the case of a really bad problem, you might need to call in a professional mold removal service.

After the area is clean, it’s important to keep it that way. Prevention is the best way to fight the recurrence of shower mold.

After taking a shower, dry the curtain to stop moisture from accumulating. Dry the walls and faucets as well. If other areas in the bathroom are soaking wet from steam, dry them too. You can also open a window to help dry the area. Bathroom mold is a problem for most people. It’s certainly nothing to be ashamed about. The information in this article can make shower mold a thing of the past.

Three Reasons Why Household Mold Loves Your Home

[ 0 ] June 22, 2010

Household Mold

Household mold is a common occurrence. Having it in your home has nothing to do with the cleanliness of your home. Some people think mold means your home is dirty. That’s not true at all. It simply grows in areas that provide the best conditions. You could have a new home infested with mold and an old home that has none. It depends on the situation.

An entire industry exists around mold removal and particularly household mold removal. That should let you know how often it occurs. Nevertheless, the question is why does it occur? There are actually several reasons. Look below for a few of those reasons and ways you can prevent them.

Here are three reasons why mold grows in a home:

1. The spores are microscopic. They can come into your home without you ever knowing it. They need moisture to start growing. Damp places in your home plus the spores equal a mold problem. Mold grows in and on homes because of the many possible damp places. It’s a great environment for the spores to settle and grow comfortably.

2. They can grow just about anywhere. They love feeding on almost any surface and material, especially stuff found in your home. They can feed on the walls, carpets, wallpaper, wood, wallboard, and paper.

A mold problem can develop as long as there’s moisture and a food source. You can’t do much about eliminating the food. You’re not going to get rid of your carpet or wall paper just because it might get moldy. Keeping your home dry is the better solution.

3. They love kitchens and bathrooms. These are often the two wettest places in your home. Leaky pipes are a huge invitation. A wet bathroom after a shower or bath is an invitation to bathroom mold as well. They also love to grow in cabinets where it is dark and closed most of the time. It makes a very good growing spot. Sink handles are also another trouble spot. They get wet often as well.

The one thing all of these reasons have in common is moisture. If you’ve got damp spots in your home, watch out for mold. Leaky pipes, condensation from the air, and steam from the bathroom are the main culprits. If you get those things under control, you’ll have very few problems.

You may have a problem if your basement or home smells musty. If you can’t account for the scent, you might have hidden mold growing in your home. You should also fix any leaks you discover.

You want to keep the air in your home safe. It’s important to prevent and remove household mold. Not all molds are toxic like black mold, but you should make it a point to get rid of them. Even if your health isn’t in danger, your home could start to look bad. A bathroom covered in mold is very unsightly. Plus, it could make someone in your family sick. Making your home clean and moisture-free will solve the problem.

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