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Tips for Tackling Mold Growth in Your Home

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Tips for Tackling Mold Growth in Your Home

Mold is everywhere, and it only takes moisture and organic material for mold to grow in a room-temperature or warm environment. If you have small amounts of house mold in your Tukwila, WA, home, you can consider cleaning it up yourself.

What You Need
Before you begin, gather a few tools:

  • Scrubbing brush
  • Sponge
  • Old rags
  • Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves

It's a good idea to open windows to allow fresh air to circulate while you use bleach.

How To Clean Mold
Keep in mind that if you have mold growth caused by significant water or sewage damage, you may consider calling a professional mold remediation company with experience in cleaning homes and buildings damaged by contaminated water.
If the affected area is about 10 square feet or less, you can tackle the job yourself. Begin by eliminating the cause of moisture. Fix any broken pipes, roof leaks or other damage sources. Scrub hard surfaces with detergent and water and dry the area. You can use a solution of 10% bleach mixed with 90% water if you can't remove the house mold with detergent.
Porous surfaces, such as carpet, wood or drywall, may need to be replaced if you can't clean up the mold. If you have mold growth on expensive or sentimental objects such as fine art or tapestries, you can consult a professional remediation specialist.
Allow cleaned surfaces to dry completely before painting or caulking. Do not attempt to paint or caulk a moldy surface. Painting on top of the mold is likely to cause peeling.

Keeping Mold Away
It's hard to keep mold at bay, but removing as much moisture from the air and surfaces will help a lot. Keep the humidity level in your home at 50% or lower. Ventilate your bathroom while you bathe or shower, and use an exhaust fan in the kitchen while cooking. Regular cleaning can also help.
Most of the time, you can keep small amounts of house mold under control with common household cleaning tools.

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