Recommendations To Protect Your Home Interior From Mold And Mildew Dangers

Posted on: 30 July 2020

You are constantly doing what you can to keep your home interior clean and free of harmful microbes, viruses, and other outside threats. But when it comes to mold and mildew growth inside your home, you need to be just as diligent and handle remediation just as if it were the coronavirus. Here are some recommendations for you to use and implement inside your home to keep your home protected against the dangers included with mold and mildew growth.

Clean Up Visible Mold

As a first step to keep your home free of dangerous mold and mildew spores, you should take immediate action when you find any mold and mildew growth. Keep an eye out for surface mold as well as the musty odor that mold gives off when it is growing inside your home, such as inside your basement.

Mix up a cleaning solution with nine parts water to one part bleach and some liquid dish soap. The bleach will kill surface mold and spores and the dish soap will lift and fully remove the mold from the surface. Use a brush with the cleaner to scrub the mold off, allowing the bleach to remain on the surface wet for a few minutes to penetrate and kill off the mold spores. You can repeat this process to scrub the surface and allow the area to remain wet with bleach and water if the mold discoloration remains.

Seal and Protect Surfaces

Once you have cleaned mold from your interior surfaces, you can use a treatment to help protect the surfaces from further mold growth. If the surface is made of wood, let the area dry out fully for several days, then apply a shellac to seal the surface of the wood. You can also apply a layer of latex paint that is treated with a mildew prevention solution. For your carpeting, you can ask your carpet professional to treat it with moldicide and a water-resistant treatment to keep your carpeting protected from further growth.

Control Interior Humidity

The first rule to protect your home from mold and mildew growth is anytime you find a moisture leak to clean it up quickly and dry out the area. Then, reduce the humidity inside your home with the use of fans and appropriate ventilation. Turn on your bathroom vent fan after showering and install a dehumidifier inside your home to help with excessive moisture. 

If you find mold in your home, reach out to professionals who provide home mold removal in your area for more information.