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04 April 2010 :: 17:04:33 pm 17540

How to Remove Mold & Mildew

Mold & Mildew are both fungal growths, but there is a slight difference between the two. Molds are microscopic fungi that grow, with some of them causing disease and food decay whilst others are essential for chemical breakdown of substances or producing antibiotics, enzymes, food items and drinks. Molds are usually found on items that they can feed on and which are organic such as clothes, leather and paper, but it can be found on damp surfaces such as walls, ceilings and floors of buildings.
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Mold can be hazardous to health working up allergies in some people, resulting in coughing and sneezing, itching eyes, fatigue, breathing problems and headaches. If it is consumed through foods, it produces harmful mycotoxins which can eventually lead to complications in the nervous systems sometimes, proving fatal.

To remove mold, here are some tips that have proved very effective for numerous people. If the mold is very bad, the regime may have to be repeated 2-3 times.

Pour 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 2 cups of water into a sprayer and mix by shaking well.  Squirt it onto the areas of mold and watch it work its magic. It can be used on plastic shower curtains, drawers for clothes storage as well as mildew adorned ceilings. You must not wash the mixture off. The smell will disappear in a couple of days.

Mildew on the other hand, is only a particular type of musty smelling mold that thrives in hot, dark and humid areas where there is no circulation of air, so it can grow on practically anything that has been moist for a long time.  So, if you have a moisture problem in your place that has led to the growth of mildew then the following steps should help.

Firstly, spray the tiles with a tile cleaner and scrub the tiles as much as possible until clean using a stiff bristled brush and tooth brush. For persistent mildew, use a solution of commercial bleach and water, (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) for better results. Leave the tiles for an hour or so for the bleach to take effect then rinse off the solution with water.

To rid carpets of mildew stains and eradicate the health issues at the same time, you must vacuum the area well with a wet or dry shop vacuum to extract and suck the water content from the carpet, getting rid of as much moisture as possible. After this blot the area with a clean white towel, then expose the area to laundry detergent which will act as a scrubbing agent when you clean the area.  You can then mix up a solution of;

1 cup clear liquid laundry detergent and 2 cups of water. Clean the area with that solution taking care not to use too much liquid as it will then add to the moisture content and will again encourage mildew. Again use the wet and dry vacuum to suck up any excess moisture from the clean solution. This will help rid the carpet of the detergent. On top of this though not essential, spray a light mist of 1 cup water and ¼ cup of ammonia on to the carpet.

If you have to remove mold or mildew from wood, firstly, you have to get rid the mold or mildew. To do this, you must scrub the area with a stiff but not too hard brush and a little soapy water which is hot. Rub firmly, but not so hard that it ruins the woods finish. Wash off the soap then allow the furniture to dry in the sun for 4 hours then use water and bleach solution made in the ratio of 9 parts water and 1 part bleach and with a tooth brush apply to the affected areas.  Wipe off the solution and again let to dry in the sun for 12 hours. Wash the solution off the wood then wipe dry. Apply some oil on the wood after it has completely dried in order to condition it or use wood furniture wax or coat it with a mildew resistant paint.

If the mildew is on varnished wood, then the varnish must be scraped off with a piece of emery paper then brush with a solution of a gallon of water 1 cup chlorine bleach, 8-10 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate and finally use a blend of 3 tablespoons of oxalic acid into half a quart of water to remove the stain that is usually left behind by mold infestations.  Lastly, clean every thing with water then dry the wood completely before repainting.

Remember to use gloves and a mask when scraping away the mold. Using a 60-100 watt bulb in dark corners will help keep the mildew away as well as keeping the place well ventilated.

Sarah Goldman

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