Mold Removal Home Remedies Part 1
Exposure to mold can result in a variety of ill health effects. Certain people have sensitivities and allergies to mold. For individuals who have mold sensitivities, mold exposure can cause a number of unpleasant effects, including a stuffy nose, an irritated throat, wheezing, coughing, irritated eyes, and skin irritation. For those suffering from mold allergies, the effects can be even more severe. Serious lung infections can also occur when you suffer from chronic lung illnesses like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Individuals who have mold sensitivities, mold allergies, and chronic lung problems should avoid areas where mold is common, including wooded areas, cut grass and compost piles. In addition to the outdoors, mold can be found indoors as well. Mold spores can enter the home through air conditioning systems, heating systems, open windows, vents and open doors. These mold spores can also attach to clothing, pets, shoes, and bags and be transferred indoors. Mold grows in a moisture-rich environment like leaky roofs, leaky windows, plumbing pipes and areas where flooding has occurred. Mold can grow on a variety of substances like paper products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, and wood. It can also be found in insulation, carpet, fabrics, drywall, upholstery, paints and wallpaper. Biohazard Cleanup USA has compiled a list of the easiest home remedies to help you with the mold removal process.
1. Bleach For Mold Removal
You can use bleach to kill almost every type of indoor mold and mold spores. Wiping a surface with bleach will sanitize it and make it resistant to mold growth in the future. Unfortunately, bleach can only be used on nonporous materials like countertops, glass, bathtubs, and tiles. Bleach cannot penetrate porous material like drywall and wood, which means it cannot reach the mold that is growing underneath the surface. Using bleach will kill the mold on the surface but it will not kill mold underneath the surface. You will find that soon after cleaning the mold, it will return.
Borax can be used to kill mold and offers numerous advantages. First, borax is all-natural. Although it can be toxic if it is swallowed, it does not cause any dangerous fumes or contain dangerous chemicals like other mold killing products. Borax is a white mineral that has a pH level of 9 ( a pH level of 7 is considered neutral. Borax is often used as a deodorizer and has low toxicity. Borax can be used to clean drains and toilets. Borax is often used as a fungicide, a herbicide, and an insecticide. You can mix Borax with water to create a solution to kill and inhibit mold. Borax can be found in the supermarket and mass merchandisers in the laundry section. It typically costs just a few dollars and can be used to help battle mold.
Vinegar is mildly acidic and can kill around 80 percent of the different species of mold. It is a safe, natural way to control mold. Vinegar does not give off dangerous fumes and is non-toxic. You can prevent mold from growing on your surfaces by thoroughly spraying the vinegar and allowing it to air dry. Repeat the procedure every few days to ensure your surfaces remain mold free. You can mop your hard non-porous floors like tile with vinegar to help inhibit mold growth.
You can use ammonia just like bleach to kill mold off of hard, nonporous surfaces like tile, glass, and countertops. Unfortunately, just like bleach, ammonia cannot penetrate porous surfaces and is ineffective at killing mold in drywall and wood. Another disadvantage of ammonia for mold removal is that ammonia is a toxic and harsh chemical. Additionally, ammonia should never be combined with bleach because it causes a chemical reaction that creates a toxic gas. This gas comprised of ammonia and chlorine was used in World War 2 as a chemical weapon. Although ammonia can kill surface mold, the dead mold spores and mold can still cause a reaction if you suffer from mold sensitivities or mold allergies, so it is essential that all traces of mold is removed.
If you are still asking yourself more questions about mold removal, then you may want to contact Biohazard Cleanup USA to speak with a professional. Make sure to give us a call today by dialing (833) 827-2386. Visit our blog for more.