Many homeowners face the problem of mold and mildew in and around their homes. Any damp or moist are with a little bit of warmth provide the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Mold and mildew can grown on a wide variety of surfaces including grout, ceramic tile, walls, shower curtains, furniture, floors, carpets, masonry surfaces, wood along with virtually anywhere else you can think of. If you have any water leaks in your house it is best to find the source of the leak and fix it to prevent dangerous mold from growing in your home and causing you and your family to become ill. Mold can cause many health issues ranging from pulmonary disorders to neurological disorders.
Killing Mold and Mildew With Bleach
Put on safety glasses, rubber gloves and protective mask.
Lay a tarp, thick layer of newspapers or drop cloth on the floor to protect the surface from the chlorine bleach.
Spray the mold and mildew with the chlorine bleach and water to completely saturate it.
Let the bleach stand on the area for five to 10 minutes.
Dip a scrub brush or nylon scrubbing sponge into the mixture and scrub the mold and mildew off the surface.
Always test a small, hidden area to determine if the surface is colorfast.
Repeat the process if black mold or mildew stains remain.
If you are cleaning grout, dip an old toothbrush into the chlorine bleach and water solution and scrub the mold away. If the grout is not white, bleach can cause colored grout to fade and discolor.
Alternative Mold and Mildew Killer
Pour 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of hot water into a spray bottle. Twist the top onto the bottle.
Swirl the ingredients to mix them together and wait for the borax to dissolve completely.
Spray areas of mold and mildew with the mixture and allow it to remain on the surface for 10 to 15 minutes.
Wet a scrub brush or scrubbing sponge with some of the mixture.
Scrub the mold and mildew off of the affected area.
Wipe the area with a damp rag and dry the surface with a rag.
This works very well on tile, grout and materials which cannot withstand bleach.
Use this solution as a regular weekly cleaning method.
If the mold and mildew stain remains, cut a lemon in half, sprinkle Borax on the mold and mildew and scrub the area with the half of the lemon.
Killing Mold and Mildew with Peroxide
Pour hydrogen peroxide into a small spray bottle.
Put on protective glasses, rubber gloves and a mask.
Lay down a layer of newspaper, rags or a tarp to protect unaffected surfaces.
Spray the moldy and mildewed areas with the hydrogen peroxide and let it sit on the surface for five to 10 minutes.
Use peroxide with care because like bleach, peroxide will whiten surfaces.
Removing Mold and Mildew From Shower Curtains
Allow shower curtains to soak in hot water and 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup in Borax in your washing machine for an hour or 2 before washing as usual.
Mold and mildew are both ugly and dangerous to your health. Remove them quickly and keep areas free from mold and mildew to protect the health and integrity of your home. Mold on wood can cause beams and other wood surfaces to rot and lose their strength.