Two Common Household Products To Remove Mold

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If you have a mold problem in your home, you may consider hiring a removal service to tackle the problem if the mold growth is quite large. But if you only have small amounts of mold growing, you may decide to clean up the area yourself. There are a couple of products out there that will help remove mold, and this article will explain how those products work and how to use them. 

Borax

Borax is a great household product that effectively kills mold.

  1. Create a water-borax solution. Use 1 cup of borax for each gallon of water.   
  2. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean up any loose mold spores.   
  3. Use a heavy-duty scrubbing brush with the water-borax solution to scrub the mold off the surface.   
  4. Use a clean cloth to wipe up any extra mold and moisture and other dust and debris laying around. You don't want them spreading into the air once the area has dried. You do not need to rinse off the borax solution, as it will work to prevent more mold from growing. Just let the area dry completely. 

Bleach

Bleach is another great household product you can use to kill mold. The active ingredient in bleach, sodium hypochlorite, will kill the mold, but the chlorine in bleach does not penetrate into a porous surface like wood or drywall. For removing mold from a porous surface, it's best to use a bleach alternative. In fact, the chlorine is left on the porous surface, while the water portion of the solution becomes absorbed, thereby leaving moisture for mold to feed on. For non-porous surfaces, it's fine to use chlorine bleach.

Bleach produces fumes that make it hard to breath, so it's best that you make sure the area you're removing mold from is well-ventilated before you begin. Also, wear protective gloves. 

  1. Use a ratio of one cup of bleach per gallon of water.   
  2. Apply the bleach solution on a non-porous surface by using a spray bottle. Or you can use a sponge or cloth with the solution in a bucket.
  3. Unless the surface is used for food preparation, or is frequently touched by children or pets, you do not need to rinse. The bleach will work like the borax does to prevent mold growth. 

If you find that you have tried these two solutions and nothing seems to be working, you may want to call in an HVAC contractor, like Advanced Air Quality Services, to help remove mold in your air and home.

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