Mold-Resistant Paint

Learn about mold-resistant paint, which can help keep your home mold free.

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By: Sean McEvoy

Mold and mildew are a huge concern for homeowners, as they can be costly to treat and remove and, in some instances, even lead to health risks. For those interested in keeping homes healthy, mold-resistant paints are now available to assist homeowners in their battle against mold.

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Mold can grow anywhere in a home where there's sufficient moisture and a food source in the form of organic matter. In many instances, the latter can take the form of drywall paper, insulation, carpet or sub-flooring. Using mold-resistant paint on walls and floors can help to stop mold before it starts, by sealing off access to wall-based materials and therefore preventing mold from spreading to floors and carpets.

Mold-resistant paint should only be used after any existing areas of mold growth have already been treated. If mold is growing on drywall or inside of walls, the drywall and any other affected materials should be removed and replaced before the application of mold-resistant paint. Once the area has been treated for existing mold, mold-resistant paint can be applied to the walls and floors of any affected areas.

The chemicals in the paint will help to destroy any remaining mold, and seal off the area from further mold growth. When painting, pay special attention to top and bottom corners where walls meet, as these are particularly popular neighborhoods for mold to move in.

Using mold-resistant paint, particularly on basement floors, walls and ceilings, can be an affective way to prevent mold growth in your home.

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