Mold Removal Products
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.
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.
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.
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.
See also: How to Keep Your Home Healthy
- Control Mold Through Water Management
- Testing for Black Mold
- Common Types of Mold in Homes
- Cleaning Up Mold
- Mold Inspection and Detection
- How to Kill Mold