Prevent Mold From Forming by Having a Clean and Remediation Plan
The best way to clean mold is with the right chemical-free, organic mold killing cleaner and a mold killing solution. Organic cleaners contain vinegar or bleach that kills mold-and it works. It doesn’t matter if you have a small or large mold problem. If you have mold in your home or even office, you need to take steps immediately to eliminate the problem before the mold colonies grow into a dangerous fungus. Here are some simple mold killing solutions you can implement yourself.
Mold in Walls
If your molds are contained within the walls and cannot be removed by cleaning alone, you should use an organic mold killer. There are several organic solutions available that are effective against the allergen molds. Many products are non-toxic and contain no petroleum-based ingredients. The active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide, which breaks down the protein found in the gluey material commonly found on drywall and caulk, as well as in the sticky residue from varnish. It is very effective in eliminating molds that are confined to the wall and are not spreading toward the interior of your home.
Bromine is often used in the treatment of mold removal. However, it is toxic to people and animals. It should only be used in remediation if other methods have been tried unsuccessfully. Some mold experts recommend applying the solution directly to the affected areas, but others advise using a damp cloth or paper towel.
You can also purchase an inexpensive but effective mold cleaning and remediation spray bottle. These sprays contain both bleach and ammonia, which are highly effective against mold. The spray bottle has a reservoir that holds enough solution for the volume of the area to be treated, so you don’t have to wait for too long between treatments. You simply apply the solution to the affected areas when you first notice mold growth and then follow up with a more diluted application when the situation seems less severe. You can also use this spray bottle to kill mold in hard to reach places such as basements and attics.
A strong disinfectant is essential for killing mold, and is often found in household cleaners, bleach, and ammonia solutions. Unfortunately, they are also very toxic to humans, even when diluted. Chlorine is an ingredient that kills mold, although not all chlorine-based cleaners are safe. If you are uncertain about using a product with chlorine as a component, contact a certified mold inspector or other experienced professional.
Liquid hydrogen peroxide
Liquid hydrogen peroxide kills black mold more effectively than any other commercial product. However, it is very toxic to human skin. Because it is flammable, you need to be careful when applying it, especially to small cracks and crevices. Instead, you can purchase commercially available concentrated hydrogen peroxide, which can be directly applied to the affected area. Hydrogen peroxide kills the mold cells on contact, but it cannot dissolve the actual stain. Therefore, it is not as effective as a liquid scrub in removing mold stains from concrete, wood, tiles, carpet, and linoleum surfaces.
Mold Testing Kits
Mold testing kits are available to test for and remove mold from your home. These kits come with a mold testing disc, a mold colony removal brush, mold testing solution, and instructions for application. Before you use the mold testing kit, be sure to follow the instructions carefully and use it according to the manufacturer’s direction to avoid harmful exposure to the mold spores. This kit will also help prevent mold remediation costs, since the mold abatement process will kill any remaining mold spores on contact. However, it can only remove visible mold.
It is important to remember that when you do decide to make a cleaning or remediation effort, you should always follow safety procedures to eliminate potential exposure to the mold growth while cleaning. It is also important to know if your local EPA office has advised that the contaminated material poses a health risk, especially if you are unsure about the source of the contamination. If not addressed promptly, mold problems could spread through air currents and be carried away by airborne spores. For this reason, it is necessary to have a rapid mold removal and remediation plan in place to prevent outbreaks of mold growth throughout your property.