Removing Mold: An Informative How-to Guide

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Ever put off removing mold from your walls because you weren’t sure how exactly to tackle the problem? The most important thing is to be proactive and remove the mold right away. In this guide, we will help you getting started with black mold removal in knowing what chemicals to use and when to use them when cleaning mold.

So is mold growing on your walls actually so big of a problem? In short, yes, it definitely is. Mold always has to be removed no matter where or in what quantity it’s found. The question remains: What is the best cleaning agent for getting rid of mold?

Exposure to the spores and gaseous by-products of mold along with the chemical cleaning agents used to target the mold itself can prove harmful to your health. This is why you should take care in making the final decision about how to remove the mold in your home. Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Removing Recent Mold Growth

You can usually use a mild anti-mold agent if the problem is not too widespread. Cleaning agents containing alcohol (80 percent ethanol – beware of the fumes!), hydrogen peroxide (three to ten percent), or sodium bicarbonate (soda ash, five percent) are often quite effective.

If these mild cleaners aren’t enough to remove the mold completely or you can`t avert the humidity that caused it, it may be time to try a more intensive cleaning agent. Some chloride-containing cleaners can destroy the spores in as little as ten seconds. These chemical products are very effective, yet you should only use them if absolutely necessary due to their own risks to your health. Be sure to read the directions carefully when using such heavy-duty products.

2. Removing Established Mold Growth

Seek help from professional mold removal and remediation specialists! If the mold has been present on your walls for a while, black mold removal becomes a bit more complicated. At this stage, the mold has probably already permeated the paint, the wall paper and sometimes even spreads into the plaster or drywall. When this happens, you will not be able to remove the mold by just cleaning the surface. You will need to have a professional assess the situation and likely completely replace the colonized material. If you take this task upon yourself, it is important that all materials affected are removed carefully and the area checked thoroughly upon finishing.

3. After the Mold Removal: What Causes Mold to Grow?

Simply removing mold is not an adequate solution in the long run. More important is to find the root cause of the mold and prevent its further spread. If you don’t take the time to do this, don’t be surprised when it pops up again around your home. The most common reasons for mold in homes are poorly-insulated walls, high humidity (from plants, bathtubs/showers, drying laundry, etc.), improper ventilation, and insufficient heating.

How to Prevent Mold

  • Once the mold has been removed, you should treat the affected areas with fresh plaster or paint. Lime plaster and lime mineral paint (often a bit more expensive) offer great advantages in that they allow water to pass through and evaporate. The lime also works as a mild fungicide.
  • Avoid putting wallpaper or textiles on or near the affected areas. These can serve as a breeding ground for new mold colonization. Some types of mold are known to cause allergies and certain forms of lung disease as the spores can be transmitted through the air, come to rest on your face and skin, and make their way into your respiratory tract.
  • For comprehensive information on mold and how to prevent it, have a read through the Facts on Mold and Dampness guide provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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This article was translated from German to English by Evan Binford. You can view the original here: Schimmel entfernen, aber richtig

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