3 Essential DIY Mold Cleaning Tips You Can Use

The homes we live in are built with the best intentions. They provide us with a comfortable living space and protect us from the outside elements. However, when problems happen it is crucial that we know what the best methods are to remedy them. In this post we will cover 3 Essential Tips You Need for DIY Mold Cleaning.

3 Essential DIY Mold Cleaning Tips You Can Use

Not all mold is dangerous. Even though mold can start forming within 8 hours of a water event, small amounts of mold can be easily cleaned up. Below are a few cleaning tips to help anyone out who finds some mold on there personal belongings.

Tip 1. When Cleaning Mold, Use Bleach…With Caution

DIY Mold Cleaning Spray Bottle with Bleach

When mold is growing on non-porous surfaces, using a bleach and water mixture is a great solution (pun intended!) for a DIY’er.

The suggested amount is 1 cup of chlorine bleach per every 1 gallon of water. Using this mixture is best when mold is found on surfaces like a shower doors, windows, ceramic tile, bathtubs and counter tops.

Bleach doesn’t work well on porous materials like drywall, popcorn ceilings, carpet and wood structures. A bleach mixture may kill surface mold, but the fungal growth deeper into the pores of drywall or wood won’t be affected, and mold growth may return.

Tip 2. Never Mix Bleach With Ammonia!

Safety is critical. If you are cleaning mold yourself, be cautious. Never mix bleach or bleach-containing products with ammonia or ammonia-containing products.

Mixing bleach and ammonia is very dangerous, since toxic vapors will be produced. The main toxic chemical formed by the reaction is chloramine vapor, which has the potential to form hydrazine.

Tips 3. Clothes With Mold Can Be Cleaned

If you find mold growth on clothing, don’t immediately toss them. Clothing items exposed to mold can be washed as normal. Check the labels on clothes and linens and wash them in detergent and warm water if possible.

Mold on clothes and bed linen is possible to clean

If you don’t feel comfortable washing them yourself, another option is to take them them to a professional cleaner.

Adding chlorine bleach to the wash cycle will remove most mildew and will sanitize the clothing. Bleach may fade some fabrics or damage other fabrics. For labels that read “dry clean only” take the item to a professional cleaner.

For clothing that continues to smell, consider discarding those items. These three tips won’t fix major mold issues, but they are a great start to anyone who finds mold and has a DIY attitude.

If more than 25 sq. ft. of visible mold is found, a professional is always recommended.

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Mold, Is It Dangerous?

Mold, It’s Everywhere!

Mold and their numerous floating spores are all around us. It’s inside our houses. It’s outside. And everywhere in between. We can’t avoid it, nor should we. Mold spores are not inherently a problem, but it’s how our body reacts that is the issue.

Some people can distinctly smell that musty odor, which gives them a clue there may be a mold issue. Others feel a scratchy throat, headache or sinus issues. The negative affects of mold display a variety of symptoms.

How much mold is too much?

Is Mold Dangerous

When someone finds suspect mold in their home, the most common questions I get asked are, “Is mold dangerous?”, “Is this black mold toxic?” or “Is my home safe?”

My common answer is…maybe, but maybe not.

I wish I could draw a line in the sand and say, on this side of the line is harmful. Or, on this side of the line it’s safe. But it’s not that easy. There are several variables as to why mold may affect one person but not another.

Allergies Don’t Affect Everyone

Allergies are a simple segue to expound on this issue. One person may have a reaction to mountain cedar pollen. Another person may feel the effects of increased ragweed in the air. Simply put, what affects one person doesn’t necessarily affect another. Just as different people have different allergic reactions, we are unique and our reaction to mold spores are just as individualistic. It is the same concept with mold allergies. What may affect one person, may not be harmful to another.

The affects of mold can cause headaches, itchy throat and sinus issues.

As a side-note, people prone to allergies are more susceptible to fungal infections.

Stachybotrys

All that being said, there are some types of fungal spores that are particularly harmful to humans. Stachybotrys is one main offender. Penicillium/Aspergillus is another problematic fungus. Finding out if these types of spores (and a myriad of others) are floating around in ones home is a helpful first step.

Having indoor air quality checked is a great place to start. Once an individual has good solid data about air quality of the living spaces, better decisions can be made about how to handle potentially problematic mold.

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