Mold and mildew infestations on the wall give a nasty feeling. We often see the impact of the mold during the rainy season and winter season.
I have been going through this problem for quite a long period. The question burning my head was what makes the mold happen?
After a lot of research, I got to realize that when a home is not properly ventilated, the moisture from the air gets captivated inside. As a result, the fungus grows in the damp and warm places like the wall or ceiling. Getting affected by mold is a very common problem for most of the homeowners.
You must be wondering why I am talking about mold. Is it really significant? Well, yes. Knowingly or unknowingly, the impact of mold can lead to long-term health problems and damage to the infrastructure.
How mold can affect us?
As I have said already that I have done a lot of research. And from my personal experience, mold can be one of the causes of allergies, asthma, skin rash, sneezing, and sinus problem.
If your house is suffering from mold problems for a long time, it can gradually dismantle the layers of paint, cement, and bricks of the wall, floor, and ceiling. Additionally, the mold creates a musty smell and gloomy atmosphere in the house.
Molds are one of the major factors for ensuring balance in the outdoor environment. However, when it exists indoor air, it can cause severe damage.
You would be glad to know that you can keep your home mold free with some easy techniques. Do you wanna know them? Then keep reading.
Below I am going to provide you with simple techniques and information on removal of mold from your home.
How to Remove Mold From Your Indoor Air
When you witness signs of molds in your house, remember that mold can be of different types. According to the intensity and impact, the molds are classified by allergenic molds, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Cladosporium, and Alternaria molds.
- Allergenic molds can provoke allergies and asthma.
- Aspergillus molds are grown from dust during damp and gloomy weather.
- Penicillium molds are often found in wallpaper, old clothes, and carpet.
- Cladosporium usually grows on wood, textiles, and materials that are prone to damp.
- Alternaria molds can be found on food, paper, cables, cardboard and organic materials.
If you are witnessing any of the types of mold, you should initiate the following measures to improve your indoor air quality.
The first and foremost measure to eradicate the fungus attack is ventilation. The air needs to pass outside to remove the indoor moisture.
The continuous movement of air ensures the home is dry, thus the windows, floors, and ceilings have the less propensity to get affected by the mold.
Use a Dehumidifier
If you do not waste your time following routine work to remove indoor moisture, you can invest in a dehumidifier. I would say it could be a necessity if the mold problem is huge in your home.
A dehumidifier can prevent growth and spread of the mold. However, the device does not kill the molds. Therefore, you need to make sure the existing molds are cleaned properly.
Repair Water Leaks
The source of molds is water. Before you take any measures, you need to inspect if there is any water leaks or holes that initiate damp areas.
As soon as you find the places, close them or repair them. In order to do that, you can take professional help.
Get a HEPA Air purifier
The purpose of removing mold is to ensure the house is germ-free. Well, if you get a HEPA air purifier, it will ensure your house is free of any airborne pollutants. The High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter can efficiently remove the existence of mold spores and leave your house with clean air.
- Regularly clean and the dry the following places
- Refrain from using carpet in the bathroom. Rather use a linoleum or plastic mats.
- Keep your bathroom clean and dry.
- Use mold-killing solutions to clean and mop the bathroom floor, sink, shower taps and tub.
- Use an exhaust fan in bathroom and kitchen.
- Clean and the dry the exhaust fans and ventilating areas.
- Dry clean the wooden closets.
Inspect any leakages in the basement, storerooms and laundry room and keep them dry.
Home Remedies to remove mold
Some people do not want to spend time and money on electronic devices or chemical induced mold remover. Personally, I am a great fan of natural remedies. You can also remove mold with daily usage materials.
White Vinegar is an antimicrobial component. Spray some vinegar on the mold affected place. Let is stay for a while and wipe out. You can continue this process until removal.
Tea tree oil has the potential to kill the fungus. Mix few drops of this oil with water and spray on the affected spot. Let it sit for a while and wipe out.
You can also spray a bit of Vodka on the mold area and wipe away after a while.
Ammonia and bleach can be useful to remove mold. Mix water with one of the substances and spray on the affected area. Similar to vinegar, let it sit for few hours and wipe away.
Baking soda is the safest element to deal with. Mix 2 tablespoon of baking soda with 8 ounces of water. You can spray or pour this mixture on the mold spots. Scrub the place and rinse thoroughly.
Prevent mold from growing
Prevention is always better than cure. We tend to take a lot of measures to remove mold after being affected. We should put equal concentration on not getting affected by them.
Molds are prone to grow in humid and untouched places like the basement, store areas, cabinets and so on. Try these techniques to stop mold from growing.
Ensure proper ventilation in the mold-prone areas.
Use an exhaust fan or dehumidifier.
Look for leakage and fix as soon as you find it.
Clean and dry any existence of water immediately.
Let the sunlight get in your house.
Try to keep the windows and door open while you are cooking or using the bathroom.
Make sure the clothes are properly dry before you keep them in the closet.
Keep your dehumidifying appliances clean and dry.
The existence of mold may not seem a huge problem at the first place. However, it can lead to serious health problems and infrastructural damage.
It is your discretion which of the techniques you would like to follow. Always remember to keep your house dry. You can also make a routine to follow the techniques on a daily and monthly basis.
I would recommend you to use a mask and gloves whenever you are dealing with molds. I hope the article is helpful to you.