Getting Rid of Mold and Mildew

by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated February 16, 2015)

1

First, when cleaning mold, you will need a mask. You can get a HEPA filter mask at a hardware store for a reasonable price. Remember to also wear gloves. Run a dehumidifier and/or a fan to help dry out the area, since mold and mildew need moisture to thrive. Once you have found the mold or mildew (use your nose or eyes to do so), you will need to attack it. On hard surfaces, you can use a stiff scrubbing brush with some kind of laundry/dish soap and hot water, or a take advantage of a specialty cleaner you buy from the grocery store.

You also have the option for going for the big guns as far as common household cleaners go, and using a solution of hot water and bleach (which kills mold in the corners of bathroom ceilings quite easily with just a few spritzes). You need to remove all the mold from your home and spritz bleach where you can under where the mold was previously. In some cases, bleach does not work out so well, in which case simply try to follow up with the aforementioned hot water-dish/laundry soap-scrub brush method.

Items that have mildew on them will benefit from fresh air and sunlight. Upholstery can be treated with a wiping down with rubbing or denatured alcohol. You can also clean upholstery and rugs with thick soap suds, wiping down afterward with a cloth wet with clean water, and taking care to use as little liquid as possible so you do not perpetuate the problem. If your mold and mildew problem extends to the outside of your home, you can use a low-pressure spray washing of fungicide. Fungicide can also be used other places, but it is considered a pesticide and dangerous to humans; you'll need to treat the fungicide as a health hazard and take appropriate precautions.

If it comes to the worst alternative (which can be the best in certain cases), you will simply have to look up a fumigator in the phone book and have her clean your home and/or belongings for you.

Author Bio

Cassandra Merkling

MORE FROM CASSANDRA

Differences Between Formal Dresses and Cocktail Dresses

Sometimes formal and cocktail dresses can look an awful lot like the same basic dress, but there are some differences if you ...

Discover More

Dealing with a Laundry Detergent Allergy

A laundry detergent allergy can be difficult to deal with, but there are things you can do to cope. Here are some ideas that ...

Discover More

Kitchen Cleaning

Cleaning your kitchen can be a very overwhelming thing, but it needn't be. After all, with all the different types of ...

Discover More

Tough Cleaning Jobs Require Brawny! Brawny paper towels provide the versatility you need: the strength for demanding jobs and the softness to clean up your child's messy face. This 24-roll pack of pick-a-size sheets can handle just about every cleaning task in your home. Check out Brawny 24-Pack Giant Paper Towels today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Lipstick Stains

Lipstick can add a lot to your outfit—but not when it gets off your lips and onto your clothes. Keep reading for tips ...

Discover More

Remove Soil or Mud Stains with Vinegar

Mud and soil are gross and unfortunately just happen sometimes. Sometimes those stains however are impossible to remove and ...

Discover More

Removing Magic Marker Stains

Some permanent marker stains may never come out, but there are several methods you can use for marker stains that will come ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 8Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight minus 3?

2015-02-17 00:37:51

Debbie Ramos

Regarding Bona for cleaning hardwood floors, this does not work for waxed floors! It is written on the back. If you're not sure, put a little water on a spot you won't see & watch if it turns white - that shows you have wax. Sorry! I have not found a good way to clean waxed wood floors.


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.