As we’ve previously discussed, depending on the size of the mold, you don’t need professionals to remove the mold from your home. If the mold is less than 10 square feet, you can treat the mold on your own. This is more likely to happen in high water areas of your home, like kitchens and bathrooms. If you find mold on some materials in your home, you need to know the best way to treat them so you don’t further damage the items. Below, we’ve compiled a guide for removing mold from materials around your home.
Clothes and Fabrics
To start, you need to make sure the clothing is bleach-safe. Some of the best mold removers contain bleach because of its ability to kill germs. However, if the tags on your clothing say you shouldn’t use bleach, do not bleach the products.
First, you’ll want to scrub at the mold spots. Coat the spot in a mold remover and use a small scrubber, like a toothbrush, to scrub at the spot. You’ll also want to pre-soak the article of clothing to increase your chances of removing the mold. Let the garment sit for an hour in a pre-soak product or water with a cup of white vinegar. From there, you can wash your clothing. Hot water is the best option, but you’ll want to follow the instruction on your clothing’s label. Once the wash cycle is done, hang your clothing to dry outside. Depending on the severity of the mold, you may need to repeat the steps a few times.
Grout and Walls
To remove mold from grout and walls, you’ll need to create a bleach solution, consisting of one part bleach and three parts water. Apply the solution to a sponge, and scrub at the mold. Let the solution soak for a little bit, then wipe away with an old towel to remove the mold.
Many of the appliances in your home are prone to mold growth because of their functions. If you stay on top of cleaning them on a regular basis, you should prevent any type of mold growth. Use distilled white vinegar to clean the inside of your fridge and to clean your coffee maker. Some coffee maker companies also sell descaling solution, which also helps prevent mold with regular maintenance.
As for your washing machine, run a cycle without any clothing in it, instead using bleach. This helps keeps the inside free from mold. If you have a front load washer, look in the door to make sure mold isn’t growing. If your clothes smell moldy after a wash cycle, it’s a sign you need to clean more often.
Depending on the damage, removing mold from materials may not be a big undertaking. However, if the mold growth is more extensive than you thought, it’s best to contact the professionals to help. Remember, you can treat mold on your own if it’s less than 10 square feet. If you’re looking for a professional mold removal company, turn to Ram Restoration. Our years of experience means we’ve seen it all when it comes to mold growth and water damage. Contact us now for your mold remediation and water damage restoration needs.