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Mold Removal Products: 3 Products You Can Find At Home

Mold Removal Products: 3 Products You Can Find At Home

Mold Removal Products Already Under Your Sink

Mold in the home poses serious health risks including congestion, scratchy throat, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, and skin rash. Therefore, if your home contains mold, you need to get rid of it right away. Thankfully, there are mold removal products you have in your home that can eliminate mold. These products include:

  • Bleach
  • Borax
  • Vinegar

Here we detail when it is appropriate to remove mold yourself using these household cleaning agents.

 

1. Mold Removal with Bleach

Bleach is one of the most popular mold removal products for a reason: it works. Bleach kill nearly every species of common indoor mold that infects your home.  It decimates spores and leaves a clean surface behind that is resistant to future growth.

Bleach has its limitations. Probably the most prevalent shortcomings are its inabilities to work on porous materials. If mold grows on your countertops, glass, or tile, reaching for the bleach is a smart move. On the other hand, bleach does not work on mold growing on wood or drywall. It may kill the mold you see on the surface, but the moisture in bleach feeds the mold surviving on the fibers that compose timber and paper. The mold grows back, and you’re left to bleach it again in an endless cycle.

How to Remove Mold With Bleach

  1. To remove mold with bleach, first, make sure the area you work in is well ventilated. Bleach contains toxic fumes, so it is also wise to wear gloves when working with it.
  2. Create a solution containing one part bleach for every ten parts water used. Exact measurements come out to roughly a cup of bleach per gallon of water.
  3. Using a spray bottle, apply the solution to the non-porous surface affected by mold growth. Wipe off with a sponge or cloth. You can also keep some extra solution in a separate bucket and go over the area again to ensure all spores die.
  4. Leave bleach on the surface without rinsing to inhibit further mold growth. If children or pets regularly access the surface, rinse with water to prevent fume inhalation.

2. Mold Removal with Borax

Borax is a on of the safe, natural mold removal products that do not emit toxic fumes like bleach. This white mineral powder is incredibly basic with a pH level of about 9. Typically, people use borax as a cleanser for tough contenders such as toilets and drains. Additionally, you can use it as a fungicide, insecticide, and herbicide. At a few dollars a box, borax is an affordable mold removal product you can find in the laundry section of the supermarket.

 

How to Remove Mold with Borax

  1. Create solution containing one part borax for every ten parts water used. Exact measurements come out to roughly a cup of borax per gallon of water.
  2. Using a HEPA filtered vacuum, remove any loose mold from the area. Vacuuming lessens the number of spores possibly inhaled during removal.
  3. Apply the borax-water solution using a rough brush, scrubbing the moldy area.
  4. Remove any excess moisture with a cloth, rag, or paper towel.
  5. Using a spray bottle, apply another layer of borax-water solution to the area and finish with a dry paper towel. Be sure to capture any errant mold particles or debris that might spread if not eliminated.
  6. Do not rinse the surface. The borax inhibits further mold growth.
  7. Allow the area to dry thoroughly.

 

3. Mold Removal with Vinegar

On the other end of the pH spectrum, there lies vinegar. Vinegar is mildly acidic and can kill 82 percent of mold species. This particular option of mold removal products is non-toxic, releases no fumes, and is even safe to ingest. It’s a perfect option for mold removal in areas frequented by children and pets. No need to get fancy: plain white distilled vinegar from the supermarket works just fine.

 

How to Kill Mold with Vinegar

  1. No solution needed: pour vinegar directly into a spray bottle sans water.
  2. Spray the moldy area with vinegar.
  3. Leave mold to soak in vinegar for an hour.
  4. Wipe the moldy area clean, scrubbing off stubborn mold if need be.
  5. Go over the surface again to further disinfect and destroy spores.
  6. Allow the area to dry completely. Any vinegar smell lingering will dissipate in a couple of hours.
  7. Spray area with vinegar regularly to inhibit further mold growth.

 

Mold Removal in Southern Florida

When household mold removal methods won’t do, it is time to call in the experts. At Suncoast Mold Remediation, we safely and effectively remove mold from your home. You are left with a healthier environment for your family. To receive a free no-obligation consultation and written estimate regarding your mold problem, contact us today or call (561)203-4911 in Palm Beach or (954)248-3343 in Broward.

 

 

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