Some people are highly allergic to mold and mildew and react by having sinus and respiratory problems. In addition, the stains caused by mold and mildew are unsightly and smelly. The best way to prevent mold and mildew is to completely eliminate the sources of moisture that allow mold spores to flourish and multiply and mold removal becomes necessary.
Things You Will Need
Exhaust fans, Open windows, Electric fan, Ionic and hepa air purifiers
You can help prevent future growth of mold and mildew on materials such as canvas and other cloths by spraying on a mixture of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. A garden pump sprayer is good for this. Vinegar will not harm or stain canvas and other materials that are colorfast.
Good ventilation is a must to help prevent mold from growing. This is where electric fans and open windows are helpful to increase air circulation. Areas such as showers and baths that are not properly ventilated are prime spots for mold growth. Exhaust fans should be run during showers and for a period after the shower to remove moisture from the room. Exhaust fans must be properly vented to the outside of the house and not into an attic or other interior space.
Water leaks under sinks and other areas need to be repaired immediately and any moisture dried before mold has a chance to grow. The same is true of spills on carpet. Both the carpet and pad beneath must be thoroughly dried. Water vacuums and fans blowing directly on the spills can be used to help dry the areas. Under severe spills, the carpet and pad will have to be removed to prevent mold from growing.
Future outbreaks of mold and mildew can only be eliminated after the source of the moisture that caused an initial mold growth is removed and the mold killed. There are a number of methods available to kill the mold and mildew spores effectively depending on where and what the mildew is growing on. Otherwise the mold will quickly return.
The best way to prevent mold and mildew is to completely eliminate the sources of moisture that allow mold spores to flourish and multiply. Protect your and your families' health by eliminating mold and mildew before it has a chance to grow.
Tips & Warnings
Keep moisture under control. This is the best way to prevent mold and mildew from growing.
Bleach and other chemicals used to clean mold and mildew can be poison and the vapors can be toxic to individuals with breathing problems.
Some individuals may have allergies that can be aggravated by the mold and mildew.