This month, let's delve into the topic of mold cleaning in our homes. But before we begin, what exactly is mold cleaning? Molds, being microscopic organisms, thrive in animal or vegetable matter. When conditions are favorable, they flourish on damp surfaces with organic materials, like ceiling panels, drywall, wallpaper, and natural fiber carpets. When we notice mold beginning to surface, it's crucial to take action and eliminate it promptly. Left unchecked, it can lead to damage within our homes and potentially cause health issues like allergies or asthma, though these are seldom severe.
How do I know I need mold cleaning?
The presence of these fungi is usually detected visibly or by smell. Additionally, the appearance of the fungus is like a patch with a kind of slightly discolored and viscous hair as it grows. Furthermore, the smell of these fungi is similar to that of dampness, so when we start to smell dampness in our home, we can be alert to eliminate them as soon as we see them.
To find fungus effectively, the best way is to examine different areas for signs of mold growth, water stains, or smell, and then follow the odor until you find the source. Other clues to look out for are excess moisture or damage to the water system. Sometimes it is necessary to look behind and under surfaces such as carpets, furniture, and walls.
Certain areas of the house are more prone to fungal growth. These areas include the fridge door, shower curtains, window moldings, shower enclosures, bathroom tiles, and surfaces around air conditioners. Stay vigilant in these areas to ensure a mold-free environment.
How to prevent mold?
It is important that regular checks are carried out in those places that are most prone to mold, as well as annual checks of ceilings, pipes, and drains.
Another tip to prevent the appearance of this fungus is to have ventilation in bathrooms in order to eliminate water vapor condensation caused by showers.
We can also purchase anti-mold products such as special wall paints, anti-mold cleaners, silicone, humidifiers, etc. These products will help to prevent the appearance of mold.
How to get rid of mold?
When dealing with mold removal, it is advisable to have the work carried out by a qualified mold removal company to ensure long-term prevention. However, there are also some home remedies that can temporarily remove mold from small surfaces while addressing the underlying issue.
Firstly, consider using bleach by mixing 1 cup with water and applying it using a spray bottle, sponge, or cloth. No rinsing is necessary for this method. Another option is using borax, where 1 cup is mixed with water, applied to the surface, and scrubbed with a brush. No rinsing is required, and the surface should be wiped dry.
Additionally, vinegar can be an effective remedy. Utilize high-strength vinegar in a spray bottle, apply it to the affected area, and wipe it clean. Baking soda is also useful; mix half a teaspoon with water, scrub the moldy surface, and rinse with water.
For a more natural approach, try tea tree oil. Use 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil per cup of water, spray it on the surface, leave it for a few minutes, and then wipe it off. However, if dealing with smooth, non-porous surfaces, ammonia can be an option. Never use it mixed with bleach. Treat the area with an equal parts solution of ammonia and water, leave it for 10 minutes, and rinse with water.
Lastly, it is essential to prioritize safety by wearing rubber gloves, goggles, and a mask to avoid breathing in the mold while performing the removal process.
As we have read in these lines, mold can become a problem for our homes. However, if we carry out regular checks of the places most prone to the appearance of these fungi, it does not have to be a problem. Nonetheless, if we already have mold, it is advisable to call in a professional to remove all traces of mold and then find a solution to the source of the problem. While we can eliminate it ourselves with some of the tricks we have mentioned, hiring a professional will ensure that it disappears effectively.