Mold is a huge health issue. Mold can cause respiratory issues, allergic reactions and asthma. It is imperative to the health of your family to eliminate mold spores form your home properly. Improper removal of mold can cause the mold to actually spread. Different surfaces require various cleaning techniques to make sure the mold is completely removed.
A home remedy of mold killer will work just as well as anything store bought for mold removal. This works well on multiple surfaces. You will mix 1/3 C powdered soap, 1 qt chlorine bleach, and 3 qt hot water (not boiling). Add the bleach to the water and then the detergent mixing this all together you will create your mold cleanser.
A natural cleanser can be made using lemon juice and salt. The paste can be used almost anywhere that can be laundered. This is a great concentrate to use on clothes, towels, pillows and blankets.
Of course prevention is the key. With concrete surfaces make sure bushes and trees are trimmed allowing sunlight to dry up excess water that could provide the right environment for mold and mildew to fester. Prevent standing water on the concrete to prevent initial mold growth.
Using safety precautions such as goggles, gloves and ventilation you will take your mold killer and using a stiff bristle brush scrub the mixture covering the mold and surrounding areas. Let the mixture concentrate on the area for five to ten minutes and spray off the area with a hose. If the mold is still visible you will want to repeat the mold removal process until the area is free of mold residue.
Wood is a tricky surface to clean in general let alone when dealing with mold. The best solution of mold remover to use is five tablespoons of baking soda with one gallon of warm water. Carefully soak a white cloth with the combination. You will want to remove only some of the water. Do not ring the cloth out completely, you want the mixture to penetrate the wood surface a little. Rub the wood surface until the mold and mildew is gone. If there are grooves in the surface you may want to use Q-tips to get in them. You will then want to take a clean moist cloth to wipe over the surface and a clean dry one to wipe down the air. It is best to use an oscillating fan to circulate the air to optimize drying.
This includes vinyl wall paper, linoleum and cork along with several other surfaces found in the house. You will want to mix five drops of ammonia into a bowl of warm water. Taking a clean rag with the mixture on it you will want to wipe over the surface until the mold is removed rinse with clean water and wipe dry. If the stain is stubborn you can use mildew killer with the above recipe just use extreme caution indoors.
Take a bar of soap, any kid will do, along with water and rub the stained area. Make sure the soap is not a type with added deodorants of any kind. Rinse with clean water and blot dry. The area will then need to have a fan placed by it to circulate the air to allow for more thorough drying.
You can use petroleum jelly and rub it on the stained area. If after you try this gentle technique first without result you can use equal parts rubbing alcohol and water, be careful on colors. This should remove the stain. You will need to gently wipe the area down with a clean damp towel and then a dry one to prevent further mold growth.
Mold can grow anywhere. Prevention is the key as mold removal is not always easy and guaranteed. Harsh chemicals will not always necessarily kill and remove the mold. Diligence and prevention will help maintain a mold free environment that your family can live in without health issue related to mold infestations.