Mold Removal Products

Just like your favorite all-purpose cleaner, the right mold removal product for your home is key to ensuring a successful cleanup process.
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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

It's tough to imagine there's a perfect match for a mold killer and a homeowner. But when it comes to finding the product that will work best for your space, the right chemistry is a necessity.

Easy Cleaning Tips for Your Home's Exterior

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Washing Off Dirt and Debris

Some pressure washers come with an assortment of color-coded spray tips. Each one has a different spray, from the high-pressure pinpoint spray to a wider, low-pressure spray. Siding can be cleaned with a low-pressure spray tip. Pressure-washing is also useful for removing algae stains from fencing.

Cleaning the Deck

Pressure-wash your deck with a tip that produces a spray about the width of a two-by-four with medium pressure. The trick is to keep the spray moving. Don't rest in one spot for too long or it could permanently damage the surface. Then apply a wood preservative to help prevent water damage and discoloration.

Spotless Driveway

Pressure-wash the driveway, then help prevent future stains by applying waterproof sealer. Using an extender pole on a paint-roller handle, start in the middle of the driveway and roll the sealer to all edges of the concrete. Allow 24 hours before parking on surface.

De-Junk the Gutters

Removing debris isn't only a fall chore in some yards; many trees such as black locust, oaks and maples drop litter in spring and summer. While you're clearing the gutters, also check for cracks in the seams. Use an old chisel to scrape the old caulking out and dry the area thoroughly. Use new bead silicon sealing to keep water from getting behind the gutters and rotting the boards.

Remove Faded Flowers

Deadhead spent flowers in your planters and container gardens. Removing faded blooms does more than neaten things up; it directs the plant's energy away from making seeds and into producing more foliage and, in the case of many species, more flowers.

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Haircut for Herbs

Cutting back herbs keeps them from becoming leggy. It's okay to remove as much as half of the stem.

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Quick Fix to Beds

The fastest way to give a crisp, clean look to your garden beds is to add a fresh layer of mulch. Or, if the mulch layer is still about three inches deep, lightly rake the surface to get rid of that weathered, compacted look.

Photo By: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Home for Gardening Gear

Corral your gardening tools and repotting projects into an attractive structure, like RMSer MeadowSweetDays' garden shed.

If the first thing you notice about your infestation is tiny black spots that lie on the surface of an area, then you are most likely to deal with the much nicer cousin of mold — mildew. This problem can be easily nixed with a scrub brush and common household mildew spray that can be found in stores.

If the infestation is much larger, then special precautions will be necessary. Be sure to protect yourself by wearing gloves, a facemask and eye protection. Begin by removing any damaged materials, like rotted wood or ruined carpet. Treat the area with a biocide and disinfectant, like OxB biocide. Make any necessary repairs to the area and then allow it to completely dry. You may want speed up the process by using a fan.

If you would prefer to use a cleaner that is a bit milder and the infestation is small, then consider a natural mold and mildew killer. Many homeowners have found success by filling a spray bottle with solutions containing natural solvents, like Borax, tea tree oil or vinegar.

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