3 Mold Removal Techniques That Actually Work
Dealing with mold removal is tough, but there are ways to get it done without much fuss. When it comes to mold, you have to first assess the extent of the problem: is it only a surface issue, or has the mold gotten into your floors and walls and compromised your home’s structure?
Usually, there are two types of mold:
Removal for the first type of mold can be handled on your own if you have the patience and the necessary tools to get it done. Removal for the second type of mold is more complex and will likely require the help of a professional who knows how to treat these fungi properly.
If you’re unsure what type of mold you’re dealing with, we do not recommend getting into DIY solutions as they might not deal with the source of the problem. With mold removal, you have to look at the source that’s bringing in moisture and allowing the fungus to grow.
There are ways to test if the mold you’re dealing with is either mildew or dirt mold. We’ll discuss how to use bleach to test this in our first removal technique. Out of the three highlighted below, which technique would work best in your case? Let us know in the comment section.
Gearing Up For Mold Removal
First things first, you need to gear up. The mold removal process can spread micro particles of mold throughout your house, further complicating the issue at hand. Make sure you prepare the following before you start with any of these techniques:
- Buy some bleach at the closest grocery store. If you don’t have any or if you don’t like the smell of bleach, you can also use some vinegar for small patches of mildew.
- Assess and document the extent of the problem: take pictures, try and figure out where the moisture is coming from and how it helps the mold grow. Keep a document with all the findings to share it easily with professionals in case you need to call them in.
- Mold removal is a messy job. We recommend wearing some old clothes that you don’t need anymore or any work clothes that can get dirty.
- Never remove any serious amount of mold unless you have proper eye, nose, mouth, and hand protection. We recommend using special N-95 or P-100 respirators for nose and mouth, plastic goggles for your eyes, and rubber gloves for your hands.
- If you’re planning to get things done on your own, make sure to switch off any air conditioning. Open the windows and use an office or a box fan for ventilation.
Once you’re all set up and ready to go, follow these three techniques to assess and remove any type of mold. Start with the first one and move on if the issue at hand is more complex.
Using Bleach For Simple Mildew Removal Jobs
You can easily test whether you have a serious mold problem by applying some bleach to the area. Simply let it work its magic for about an hour and see if the mold disappears after applying it. If it doesn’t, you’ve got yourself a bit of a tricky job to handle. Before you switch to professional help, try using borax powder.
Using Borax For Heavier Mildew Removal Jobs
Borax is a powdery white mineral used as a cleaning product for several home-related issues, including stains and mold. Mix the powder in one gallon of hot water and apply the solution on the surface affected by mold. Then, scrub the area with a brush and let the powder do its job without rinsing. It’ll prevent the mold from growing back. If you can’t seem to fix the issue with borax, your only other option is to seek professional help.
Seeking Professional Help For Dirt Mold Removal
Borax doesn’t work as intended? Then you’ve got yourself a serious mold problem that has likely compromised your walls or floor and that will keep growing, putting your home’s structure at risk. In this case, don’t try to do things on your own and seek help from a professional who can give you guidance on what to do next.
If the first two options can’t help you, it’s always better to call in a professional. Never attempt to fix serious mold issues if there’s the potential for them to compromise your home’s structure.
Documenting Is Key For Mold Removal
If you want to achieve long-term results with your mold removal, it’s important that you gather as many details as possible: where the moisture is coming from, why the mold is growing in a specific area, what it looks like, what you’ve tried so far, and what the results were.
If in doubt about how to do this, Krystal Care can help you. We’ve dealt with mold issues since 1990 and can handle any type of water- and moisture-related issues.
Our approach to mold removal is very straightforward. First, we assess the extent of the problem. Second, we take precautionary measures to make sure that no toxic spores are spread around the house. And third, we thoroughly clean up and restore the area.
Feel free to send us an email for more information. We are 100% committed to providing you with a great service so that you can get back to your life and forget about your mold issue.