How to Remove Mold From a Wall
Mold typically appears in rooms with high humidity, such as bathrooms, kitchens, or basements. Capable of spreading quite fast, it emits spores that can negatively affect human health. Any of its manifestations, whether it be small black spots on the walls in the bathroom or orange mucus underneath the kitchen sink, can pose a serious danger.
5-Minute Crafts is going to tell you how to get rid of various types of mold and prevent its development in the future.
Put on rubber gloves. You can also use protective glasses and a mask to protect your eyes and respiratory system from mold spores.
If necessary, open a window in the room but make sure to close the door so that the spores don’t get distributed all over your home.
Put your belongings that have mold on them or that might contain mold spores into plastic bags. After you finish cleaning, wash or rinse these things in hot water with a cleaning agent. If these belongings are clothes, it’s better to pop them into the washing machine.
How to remove mold from walls and ceilings
- Prepare a cleaning agent made with chlorine bleach and water at a ratio of 1:4.
- Wet a rag in this solution and accurately rub the moldy area with it.
- When the mold disappears, wipe the surface with a dry, soft rag. Put both rags in a plastic bag and throw them away. Don’t use a brush as rough friction can provoke the emission of mold spores.
- Wipe the dust and vacuum the room. You can also perform wet cleaning. It’s ready!
Tip: If chlorine bleach doesn’t solve the issue, try seeking out a professional mold cleaner.
How to get rid of black mold in the bathroom
Use a special cleaning agent and spray it on the mold before wiping it with a sponge.
Use a spray bottle to spray with chlorine bleach diluted with water at a ratio of 1:1. Leave it on for a few minutes and then brush it off.
In order to prevent the appearance of new mold, spray the surface with white vinegar. Wait until it’s dry.
Wipe it with a clean, dry rag. Make sure to air out the room. It’s ready!
Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide (3%) and water. Instead of peroxide, you can use 1 tbsp of baking soda.
Spray the moldy area with the solution, leave it on for several minutes, then clean the surface and rinse it with water.
Proceed with vinegar and let it dry. It’s ready!
An important note: Sometimes the highly toxic fungus, Stachybotrys chartarum, can be hiding under the guise of black-green mold. In this case, seek help from specialists who can professionally clean mold out of homes.
How to prevent the appearance of mold
Watch the humidity level in the room with a hygrometer. Don’t let the humidity level exceed 60%. For this reason, try not to dry clothes in the room and make sure to cover pots with lids while cooking.
Let fresh air circulate freely in the room by opening windows as often as possible, checking the work of the ventilation system, and installing an extractor hood, not only in the kitchen but also in the bathroom, if necessary. Make sure there is some free space between the walls and closets.
Make sure the walls are isolated properly and that there is no wind blowing in from closed windows and doors — it helps keep warmth in the house better. Make sure to warm up and air out the rooms you’re not using.