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How to Get Rid of Mold

[ 0 ] June 24, 2010

Some homeowners see mold and panic. They have no idea how to get rid of mold, and they go into panic mode. There’s no need to panic because it’s a common problem. However, dealing with the problem can be disgusting and difficult for some homeowners. Additionally, it is unsightly to see this disgusting stuff growing in your home.

Aside from its ugly appearance, mold actually can cause serious health risks. This doesn’t happen often, but it’s a possibility.

People exposed can often experience respiratory diseases, allergic reactions and in some cases, more severe health problems. Remember, this is unlikely to occur. The best thing you can do is get rid of the mold. Depending on the severity of the situation, you can possibly handle the job on your own.

Here are some important things to consider:

1.  Mold loves wet and warm areas. If your home has high humidity levels, you should take action to remove some of the humidity from the air. Doing this is easier than it sounds. Invest in a high-quality dehumidifier.
The machines can be purchased from home improvement stores, and are usually moderately priced. Some of them even measure the levels of humidity in your home. Levels between 30% to 50% are recommended. During the summer months, an air conditioner can work just as well as a dehumidifier.

2. If the mold problem is in a small area around the house, it can usually be cleaned with household cleaning products. A mixture of distilled vinegar and baking soda should get the job done.

Just apply the paste, let it sit and clean it away with a cloth or sponge. You can also try mold removal products available at your local hardware store. Open a window or door and air out the area when you’re done.

It is important that you wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, masks and gloves to prevent exposure during your mold removal project. Breathing in mold spores or toxic chemicals can affect your breathing.

3. You cannot remove mold from porous materials such as the drywall, wallpaper, carpet, certain fabric and other porous surfaces. Some things just can’t be cleaned. If that’s the case, you’ll have to throw these items out.

You might be able to remove mildew from fabrics if you catch the problem soon enough. Otherwise, the stains are there to stay.

4. Check for mold problems in common trouble spots. Check the walls in your bathroom and underneath the sink. Check your shower curtain as well. Look for spots that indicate a water leak. Brown spots on the walls or a sagging ceiling could indicate a leak. If that’s the case, mold could grow where you’d never see it. Take care of any leaks as soon as possible.

If the problem is just too much to handle, call in the professionals. A professional mold removal service will know exactly how to get rid of mold. You’ll have to sit back, relax and let someone else take care of the problem.

Why Bathroom Mold Loves Your Bathroom

[ 0 ] June 23, 2010

Bathroom Mold

If you’ve got a problem with bathroom mold, you’re probably wondering why your bathroom is under attack. This problem can develop anywhere in your home, but the bathroom is affected most often. This is because of the moisture. Mold enjoys bathrooms due to the amount of water and humidity in the area. Your bathroom is probably a playground without you even realizing it.

Hazards in the Bathroom

Several items in the bathroom can encourage mold growth. Old soaps, beauty products, shampoo bottles and similar items that are frequently wet can cause problems. Throw away items and products you no longer use. Otherwise, they can become breeding grounds. Never place wet shampoo bottles into the closet or cabinet. Dry them off first or let them air dry near an open window.

Water evaporation in the air increases humidity. This is why shower mold is so common. Steam from a hot shower or a hot bath makes the bathroom wet. Soaking up the steam feels great, but it’s not great for your bathroom. Since most bathrooms aren’t properly ventilated, the dampness just hangs around waiting to cause a problem. You might not see the results right away, but after dozens of showers and baths you might start to see an ugly sight.

In addition to the shower, bathroom tiles are another problem spot. You’ll often see dark areas growing in the crevices of the tiles. The corner of the bathtub is another problem spot. These places are wet the most often, and for the longest time. The only way to keep these areas dry is to stop using the shower or bathtub. That’s not an option, so you need some other solution. 

Solving the Problem

Cleaning the bathroom regularly can prevent the mold problem. Make sure to wipe down your bathroom every month using an anti-fungal solution. Keep in mind to include the ceiling when doing this. Most people don’t think about it, but the ceiling gets damp as well. There are also mold removal products you can use to prevent the problem. These coatings are supposed to add a protective covering to the walls and tiles. Look for products that contain fungicides, which are supposed to prevent mold growth.
If you already have a mold problem in your bathroom, take care of it before it gets out of hand. Clean the problem spots with a mixture of distilled vinegar and baking soda. Mix the two together to form a paste. Apply the paste, let it sit and wash it away after three or four minutes. For thick patches, you can let the paste sit longer. You also can try a mixture of distilled vinegar and water for mold removal.

Bathroom mold is easy to prevent if you keep the room dry. It’s also relatively easy to get rid of if you don’t have a toxic situation. If you suspect the mold is making you or someone else sick, call a professional mold removal service. You might have a toxic mold situation that a simple cleaning won’t handle.

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