A few days ago, I wrote an article about the dangers of mold , and the response I received was overwhelming. If the finish is gone and the mold is in the wood, you could get by with using an ammonia and water solution (10:1 water to ammonia). Wear rubber gloves, eye protection and a dust mask or a pollen mask to avoid any kind of contact with the mold. Probe the suspect area with a screwdriver or other sharp tool (Photo 3). If the wood is soft or crumbles, the fungi have taken hold and rot has begun. The best thing is to talk to a professional carpet cleaning service or mold removal professional.
Since I had only heard stories and did not know any facts, I learned all I could about killing and cleaning up the mold and how to stay safe while I was doing it. The first part of this post includes the steps that I took to kill and cleanup the mold growing under our sink, in case you just want to see the steps I took and the results. You can dry the air mechanically by using a dehumidifier or by heating the house periodically, then opening all windows and doors to allow the moisture-laden air to escape. The presence of mold can lower the value of your home and most like ruin a potential home sale. You might place a small fan in an open window to direct the mold spores outdoors.
Baking Soda – Add 1/2 cup baking soda to your washing machine (with regular detergent) to get the mold out of a shower curtain and liner. To kill mold: Add one quarter of a tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle of water and shake until it has dissolved. The chlorine stays on the surface and only the water in bleach (yes bleach has water in it) will absorb giving more moisture for the mold to grow on.
Air filtration can contribute to lowering mold spores in the air but is secondary to moisture control. I also second Thieves Oil, I know quite a few people who were able to get rid of mold completely by using it. When you discover an extensive mold problem, we recommend that you use the rigorous protective measures we show in Photos 1 – 6, or consider calling in a professional to handle the problem. In doing this, get as little water on the fabric as possible so the filling does not get wet.
With over 100,000 species, mold comes in about any size, shape, and color you can think of, making it virtually impossible to tell what type of mold you have without a microscope. Or you may have found mold that won’t wash off your hardwood floor (Don’t sand wood with mold growth. All of that said, there’s no getting away from the fact that mold and algae does spoil the look of your decking at the same time as making it slippery to walk on, so action must be taken to remove it! The heat treatment process actually brings moisture to the surface of the wood. Mold can quickly escalate into a serious issue, so it is good to know the steps to preventing mold in the first place.
Mix one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with one cup of water, put in a spray bottle or wet cloth with it and wipe on mold. Guidelines published by ACGIH, AIHA, RIA, IICRC, N.Y. City DOH and OSHA state that all mold growth should be removed unless it is not possible and then alternative methods to prevent exposure should be considered. Disturbing mold releases harmful mold spores into the air, which can worsen allergy and asthma symptoms or cause your family to feel ill if the mold is toxic.
For starters, borax is a natural cleaning product and although it is toxic if you swallow it, borax does not emit chemicals or dangerous fumes like some other mold killers. Although it is physically possible to remove mold by sanding or wire brushing if the surfaces are smooth, it is a slow labor-intensive process when surfaces are rough and it is impractical for larger areas. Another way to remove mildew on upholstered furniture is to wipe it with a cloth moistened with diluted alcohol (1 cup denatured or rubbing alcohol to 1 cup water).
I have also spotted white fluffy mould on wood and Black material on my wardrobe. If the mold is on tile or glass or something non porous then these are great to use but if the mold is growing on wood or drywall your going to want something that can penetrate and remove it for good. If there was staining due to mold growth, this may or may not come out in the wash, but it’s just a stain. If necessary, repeat several times, drying each time so that the wood does not become saturated and warped.
But a solid towel dry after every wash (and making sure your board doesn’t sit in a wet sink for too long) helps keep things fresh and mold free. The second photo (above right) shows wood framing and subfloor that have been adequately cleaned, without any application of a fungicidal sealant. The molds seen on lumber are largely a collection of fungal spores on the surface of the wood.
We are working in a non-heated shed at this point and it’s starting to get pretty cold out there…LOL!! Don’t forget to spray the surrounding area to kill the mold spores you can’t see. If staining is still present, follow with a sodium percarbonate product (OxiDeck) powder sprinkled directly on the stains, left damp for 6+ hours, and rinsed to help remove the stains (see photos D, E). Bleach, laundry soap and water can also be scrubbed onto the mold to help with the removal of the mold.(see photo F).
Wood, which naturally soaks up and retains water, makes an ideal environment for mold and mildew To remove mold from wood, the key is to act fast, not only to minimize the scope of your cleaning project, but also to be sure the mold does not compromise the health of the allergy sufferers in your family. Any wood or cellulose like paper if allowed to get moist over 20 % will start to mold. Continue reading at MOLD REMOVAL, MEDIA BLASTING or select a topic from the More Reading links or topic ARTICLE INDEX shown below.