How to Safely Remove Mold and MildewFebruary 24th, 2010 by Staff Writer
It’s important that you remove mold and mildew from your apartment as soon as you notice it. Mold and mildew grow where there’s moisture, such as in a bathroom or kitchen area. Everyday activities can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, such as spilling water on the carpet that doesn’t dry immediately. Whatever the reason for the explosion of mold spores in your apartment, safely remove it by following these guidelines:
To remove mold and mildew, you have to prevent and reduce moisture in the home. This stops future growth and prevents some of the spores from growing further. Solve your water issues, whether it’s leaky pipes, your heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) system, an open window or another source. Otherwise, the mold and mildew will come back again and again.
The first technique to try is simple: scrub the surfaces that have mold with liquid detergent and water. Dry the surface when finished, to prevent any mold spores that you missed from growing back. If you’re concerned about keeping toxins and chemicals out of your home, use a natural liquid detergent from your local supermarket, or buy ingredients and make your own. You can also purchase natural mold removal products online.
Steam Clean Carpets and Surfaces
If you suspect mold and mildew on carpets and other surfaces, you can destroy them if you steam clean your apartment. The heat from the steam cleaner will help to get rid of the mold spores. You can use dry steam to steam clean walls or other surfaces where you spot mold and mildew. Simply attach a towel to the steam cleaner and use it as you would your hand. Steam cleaners don’t use chemical foams, like a carpet shampooer, which makes it a natural solution to getting rid of mold and mildew.
Wear Protective Gear
Mold and mildew can irritate or cause allergies and many other health issues. When cleaning the area that’s moldy or filled with mildew, you have to limit your exposure to it. Wear long gloves and throw them away after using them. Protect your eyes with goggles that don’t have any ventilation holes, to avoiding getting spores in your eyes. You’ll also need to wear a face mask, to prevent spores from entering your nasal passages or mouth. Breathing these in can lead to serious health consequences. Your local hardware or paint store should carry N-95 respirator masks, which are suitable to use when you remove mold and mildew.
Mold is a health hazard, and it also damages the surfaces of structures and furniture it grows on. This includes furnishings, the apartment structure and fixtures, such as window sills and frames. That’s why it’s critical to work to remove mold or mildew right away. Notify your landlord about the problem if you can’t remove it yourself, or hire a professional if you’re responsible for the cleanup.