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Effective Ways To Get Rid of Mold in the Home

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Three Ways To Get Rid Of Mold

If you have visible mold in your home, it will need to be removed quickly and carefully. While hiring a mold remediation company is almost always the best way to safely remove house mold, here are some tips for removing minor mold from three of the most common household items and areas.

1. Fabrics

It can be devastating to find moldy fabrics in your home. In some cases, they may not be salvageable. However, if you catch mildew early enough, you can often remove it.

To do so, take the items outside and try brushing away as much of the mold as possible. Then wash them using the hottest temperature that's appropriate for the fabric. Heat can kill house mold spores.

If this does not work, soak the items in a mix of oxygen bleach and water for eight hours or more before washing.

2. Appliances

Any appliances that combine heat and moisture, such as your washing machine or dishwasher, need cleaning on a regular basis. You can use distilled white vinegar to wipe down your washer's interior and exterior surfaces.

You can also run it through your machine like you would detergent, using the machine's cleaning setting or, if it doesn't have one, the hottest setting.

Inspect every part of a front-load washer's door seal to make sure nothing is growing there either.

3. Walls, Carpet, and Flooring

If you spot mold on walls, carpet or flooring, it's a good idea to contact a professional in Winter Springs, FL, to deal with it.

Professionals with experience in mold remediation can inspect the current condition of the home and identify the safest way to clean it. Depending on the severity of the house mold, the technician may want to inspect the underlying area for structural damage.

There are some instances where you may be able to address mold growth without professional help. However, professional service will offer the best chance for the mold not returning and will also ensure the underlying cause is addressed.

For more info on mold and how to properly detect and remediate it, click here.

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