How to Remove Mold

Two Methods:Small amounts of moldLarger amounts of mold

Hello, if you have reached this page then obviously you have found yourself in a slight dilemma. Mold is often really disgusting and unpleasant to have in your house.

Method 1
Small amounts of mold

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    Try to go to the source of the mold, often it is due to something leaking. For example if it is coming from the ceiling and you know that there is a bathroom on the floor above try to fix the problem. Another problem is that water could be dripping into the house from outside in to the basement or an area that is unprotected, in certain situations a french drain could help solve the problem. Testing for the cause of the mold might be necessary, though not in all cases.
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    Often mold is found in areas such as the bathroom, a windowsill or in a kitchen. If it is visible this mold can for the most part be wiped away with a window or bathroom cleaner and a wet sponge or rag. Sometimes the problem can also be fixed with a dehumidifier, or fixing a simple leak.

Method 2
Larger amounts of mold

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    If you have more mold or the previous method did not work here are some things necessary to get rid of it,
    • a breathing respirator (can be found in most home stores)
    • a few spray bottles
    • rags (that will be disposed afterwards), old sponges (that will not used to clean food supplies), as well as paper towels
    • general household cleaners (without ammonia)
    • Regular household bleach (not always necessary)(1-5% chlorine)(make sure your not allergic)
    • rubber gloves and goggles (not always necessary)
    • buckets
    • paint (to paint over afterwards)
    • dehumidifier
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    WARNING do not mix bleach with household cleaners, if it is mixed with ammonia it will release a toxic gas.
    • mix household cleaner with water and put in spray bottle
    • If bleach use is desired due to a gray (laundry) or black (sewage) water release, prepare a bleach solution in a separate bucket. Using gloves and goggles, add one cup (8 ounces) bleach for every gallon of tap water. Bleach (the active ingredient is chlorine) can reduce mold and bacteria on treated surfaces.
    • Transfer the bleach solution into the 2nd spray bottle (use gloves and goggles).
    • Pour clean, warm, rinse water (no bleach or household cleaner added) into the 3rd spray bottle.
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    CAUTION avoid direct contact with bleach, it is irritation to skin and eyes
    • use a dehumidifier before during and after the cleaning process to keep areas dry
    • Spray and remove visible mold with general household cleaner solution. Start from the top and work down. Change towels frequently. Discard towels in plastic bag. Rinse the same area with clean water on a damp towel or lightly spray with warm rinse water in a spray bottle and wipe with a clean towel.
    • Repeat the above step until all visible mold is gone. Note: There may be some discoloration of the surface from both the mold and the cleaning solution. Take care to avoid damaging the surface by cleaning too hard.
    • If a bleach solution is to be used, wipe the affected area and let set for 15 minutes (for fungicides other than bleach, follow the manufacturer’s instructions). Rinse the area with a damp towel using clean warm water or by lightly spraying with warm rinse water in a spray bottle and wiping with a clean towel.
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    Finishing up
    • Flush waste water down a toilet, utility sink, or floor drain.
    • Change out of your cleaning clothes. Wash your hands and face.
    • Wash your cleaning clothes separate from your family’s laundry.
    • At this point, you can apply paint or other coating to the surface. You may wish to use a paint/coating that contains a mildew-cide or fungicide to prevent future mold growth. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations when using any mildew resistant paint or paint additive. Remember, these are also pesticides, and may have adverse health effects on some individuals.

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