Mold is insidious, dangerous, and gross. It sneaks into areas of your home like the basement and bathroom, threatening your home and the health of everyone living there. Thus, we've created this prevention and cleanup guide to help you keep mold out of the house and/or get rid of it quickly.
The best solution to mold growth is knowing how to prevent it. Follow the tips below to keep your home free of the blue-green fungus.
Areas that may be subject to flooding, such as the basement, can be made mold-resistant. This may require you to pull up carpet or waterproof the basement. Other problem areas could include windows that regularly form condensation or a damp bathroom.
This will probably cost money, time, and effort, but that is a small price to pay when you consider the costs of long-term mold damage. Whatever the issue – a leaking pipe, shower, or tap leaking, or signs of leaks in the roof and walls – fix the problem before any more arise.
Be mindful of moisture in your home, and do your best to clean spills on the floors and rainwater on the window sill. Even something as simple as a water spill can cause mold to grow. In the bathroom, run the fan after showering to quickly dry moisture on the walls.
As in, don't leave wet towels and clothes lying around. It's tempting to leave towels on the bathroom floor when you're in a hurry, but a bundled-up towel dries much more slowly. Instead, hang the towel on a rack to dry.
If you live in a humid climate, consider using a dehumidifier into your home. Condensation is a cause of moisture that leads to mold, and you can prevent by insulating rooms and cool surfaces (such as pipes).
If your home already has mold growing, follow these cleanup tips to remove the fungus today. But before you get started, if the moldy area takes up more than 10 sq. ft. of space, then mold cleanup should be left to the professionals.
Take proper safety precautions by wearing protective clothing. Long gloves, goggles, and a respirator mask will limit your exposure to airborne mold. For more details on what gear to buy, please read "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home" by the EPA. You'll also want to wear old clothes that can be thrown away after your work is done.
Some porous materials like ceiling tiles and carpet absorb mold, making it impossible for you to fully clean the area. Rather than trying to clean mold growing on these types of surfaces, it's best to throw them away and replace the materials instead.
Attack hard surfaces with a scrubbing brush and a mixture of detergent and water to remove mold. After the mold is gone, use a hair dryer or similar device to dry the area completely.
Don't let mold creep up in your home and take over. These prevention and cleanup tips help you keep your home safe and free of the harmful fungus.