Learn About Mold and Mildew Removal

mold and mildew removalMold and Mildew removal is important to do. Regular cleaning and mold removal can prevent you from having unsightly mold and mildew, which is an eyesore, and it can cause damage to whatever it is growing on. But more importantly, it is hazardous to your health, especially to the elderly and infants. For this reason it is very important to know how to get rid of mold and mildew. Black mold causes serious heath problems, and for this reason, black mold removal is urgent.

What is mildew? Mildew is often white, but sometimes it can also be a bluish-green color. When it starts to form spores, it can also turn black. Mildew comes from molds, and molds are a type of fungus. Molds are airborne and can grow almost anywhere, as long as they have the right temperatures, humidity level, and a limited amount of light. When mildew grows, it can often leave you with an unpleasant smell. If you do not get a mildew remover on it right away,the smell can become musty, or humid smell. And when mildew develop on laundry, it can also have a smell that resembles spoiled milk.

Mildew Stains on Your Tile and Grout

Mold and mildew can build up in your tile grout over time. You can also get mildew stains on your clothes. You can remove most mildew stains using a mold and mildew remover like bleach, or other bleach-like cleaners.

Causes of Mold and Mildew

how to remove mildewFirst, clothing left in the washer or in the bathroom for long periods of time, can often stay wet and develop mildew. If you have left your clothes in the bathroom, or in the washer for several days, you probably know exactly what mildew smells like. This type of mildew is often seen as little black spots. This is what the mildew looks like as it begins to go up and turned into spores. One way to get rid of mildew on your clothing, and on your patio furniture, is to put them in direct sunlight. Sunlight is a great mold remover because it will kill mold and mildew. Another way to get rid of mildew on clothing, is to soak them in the washer with ½ cup of bleach for 30 minutes. This will help to get rid of the cause of the problem, and prevent mold and mildew stains from recurring. The next thing mildew grows on is your bathroom. Your shower and tile flooring often develop mold and mildew as a result of poor ventilation.

The next most common cause of mold and mildew, is due to household problems, like leaking roofs, toilets and tile set over low, high humidity levels, and flooding problems. These problems are quite severe, and needs dealing with to prevent them from getting worse. One of the rental apartments that I owned, had a bathroom leak from upstairs. Over time, the leak raised the level of humidity in the downstairs unit. As a result, black mold developed behind the drywall. In order to fix the problem, the drywall needed replacement. Fortunately, the homeowners insurance from the upstairs unit was able to pay for the damage to my condo. I learned that having an expert mold remover come in and do the work, could be very expensive. The damage could have been prevented early on, by fixing the leak upstairs, before it became a big problem.

How to Remove Mold and Mildew

dehumidifierMold and mildew grow in areas of high humidity, such as your bathroom, your basement, and sometimes even your carpets and drywall. The best way to do mildew removal, is to get rid of the humidity as fast as possible. If you have clothes or laundry that need mildew removal, you can do this by hanging articles of clothing out to dry. If it is part of your home, you can do this by using a fan or by renting a humidifier. If you live in a climate that is naturally dry, it will be easy for you to deal with mold and mildew problems, by ventilating your house. If you live in an area that has more of a humid climate, you can actually get rid of some of the humidity by turning on your air conditioner, or by renting a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier is a great tool for preventing from having to do lots of mold removal later.

After removing the humidity or the dampness inside your house, the next thing that to do is remove the mold and then disinfect, or kill the mold that is still there. Remove mold spores from carpet, floors, and clothing, by using a vacuum. Be careful not to spread the spores if you can help it, (if you do, it will make it harder to remove mold and mildew later.) Most often, you can disinfect by using a bleach or a type of bleach cleaner as a mold remover. This will kill the mold and mildew after only a few minutes. Although there is no way you can completely prevent being exposed to mold and mildew, you can prevent it from growing by making sure the area is well ventilated, dry, and that it has a lot of light.

Mold and mildew removal is important because some people are very allergic to it. Prolonged exposure to mold and mildew, particularly black mold, is hazardous to your health. This is especially true if your building has turned into black mold. If you have severe problems with mold, you should consider hiring a professional mold removal expert to help you tackle this problem.

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