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DIY Mold Removal Tips
Be the hero of your home and overcome any mold concerns. Like any DIY project, you’ll need the tools of the trade and a safety-first approach. Follow our mold removal tips to gather the equipment you need and protective gear.
It is important to note that not all molds are made the same, some mold removal clean ups are minor and relatively easy to handle, others are more extensive and pose a greater health risk, which might require professional help.
So you’ve spotted mold in your home now what do you do?
Is this mold right for DIY. How large is the mold spot and what caused it helps you decide if it’s a DIY project or not. Experts recommend an area of about 3 feet by 3 feet can be tackled by the DIYer. Anything larger than that may be a sign that there is a bigger issue and professionals may be a better approach.
Protect your health. By now everyone knows the answer to the question, can mold affect your health. So gear up by pulling on rubber gloves, protective eyewear and using a face mask to avoid negative mold health effects. Wearing old clothes is a great idea too!
Ventilation. Open windows and use box fans to keep the air moving. This is another way to protect your health but it also protects the unaffected parts of your home from mold spores.
Bleach to the rescue. Bleach is a great tool against mold, but remember, it can cause irritation too, which is why you should take steps to protect your skin, eyes, lungs etc. Mix a potion of 1 part bleach to 8 parts water and wipe or spray it on surface mold. Let it sit a minute or two and then scrub it away. If it’s still there, repeat until it’s gone.
Preventative measures. The best way to handle future mold is to proactively put in a little extra effort to eliminate leaks, and avoid wet basements and damp air in your home. You can also stop mold from growing by sealing wood, grout and other porous surfaces that invite mold growth. Good old-fashioned dusting and regular cleaning is also important because dust contains organic nutrients that “feed” mold when there is moisture.
A little DIY elbow grease goes a long way in keeping your home in tip top condition and protecting everyone who lives there.