If you have a mold infestation, then you are not alone. Almost everyone gets a mold infestation from time to time. Mold is more than a major nuisance. It darkens decks, creates black spots, discolors sidewalls and blackens gout in the shower. On top of that, the microscopic pores can cause irritation, bad odors, sneezing, runny nose and allergic reactions.
How To Get Rid Of Mold - Overview
The first thing is identifying if you truly have a mold, and we will cover that below. The most important thing here is to try to assess the mold infestation. From there you can decide if the problem can be dealt with by yourself or if it’s something that a professional service is needed.
If it seems infestation is widespread, then it's something that you need to let the professionals handle the problem. A widespread mold problem is a problematic situation. The problems with a widespread mold infestation are too much to handle for a non-professional. With that being said, this article is aimed at cleaning small to mild mold problems. Let's start with step 1.
Step 1 - Identification
The first step is identifying if it’s truly a mold that you are dealing with. You might mistake dirt for a mold colony. Dirt is easier to clean, and you don't have to go through all these steps. Fortunately, it’s easy to identify a mold colony.
You can use a drop of bleach to identify a mold colony. Drop bleach into the dark spot and leave it for a minute or two. If the spot lightens in color, then it’s a mold colony, and you can proceed to Step 2.
Step 2 - Preparation
You will need to prepare a cleaning solution to eliminate the mold. We suggest that use a mixture of 1 part bleach for every 8 parts of water, plus a bit of detergent. The bleach will kill the mold, and the detergent will make it easier for you to separate it from the surface. You may also need to prepare your gear.
Use gloves and goggles when cleaning the mold using our suggested solution as the bleach can irritate your skin or eyes upon contact. Once everything is prepared, move to step 3
Step 3 - Scrub
Before you start scrubbing, make sure you wet the area. This is to ensure that the spores do not go airborne. From then on, you can simply scrub the mold off the surface. After scrubbing, you may need to use a vacuum cleaner.
Start vacuuming debris and mold while it’s still wet. This prevents the mold spores from floating into the air. After that, wash the surface with water. On to the next step.
Step 4 - Drying
Just allow the surface to dry. Or, if you have humidifiers, place them in the same room and set it to "dry".
Mold can be very annoying, and they can also be a health hazard. Thankfully, it’s easy to remove them if the colony is not too widespread. When removing the mold, remember the steps above - identification, preparation, scrub and drying. Lastly, if the problem is too widespread, the best option is to call the professionals.