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Tips for DIY Mold Removal

If you have mold growth in your home that exceeds an area of 1-meter square, you need to call the contractors at 24/7 Restoration. You don’t know it, but the mold has already gotten away from you. In cases of small growth around your home, there are mold removal products that homeowners can use as a DIY project. In this week’s blog the contractors at 24/7 Restoration are going to look at a few of the more popular mold removal products on the market.

There are numerous products on the market, majority of which are already in your home that can be used in mold removal and they include the following:

  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Detergent
  • Ammonia
  • Borax

Bleach is alongside duct tape in the hall of fame when it comes to household products and you’ve probably used it for multiple purposes. Bleach is a chemical that can kill almost every species of indoor mold and its spores. It also sanitizes the surface on which the mold was growing and helps prevent any future growth. Unfortunately, bleach is only effective on non-porous materials like tiles, glass, countertops and bathtubs. When it comes to wood, drywall and carpets, bleach cannot kill mold at it’s roots and even though the surface may seem clear of mold, it’s very likely to return. If you are going to use bleach to kill and sanitize a small area of mold, be sure to properly ventilate your home, since it produces strong fumes.

Borax is a deodorizer that is often used for cleaning toilets and it can effectively kill mold. Unlike bleach, borax does not produce harsh fumes and is a natural non-toxic cleaning agent. Borax, which appears as a white mineral powder has a greater pH level than baking soda. We recommend adding 1 cup of borax with a gallon of water to create a solution that can kill small areas of mold growth. After vacuuming up any loose mold, scrub the borax solution on the mold-infected area and scrub the surface vigorously. When cleaned properly and left to dry, the borax solution will prevent future mold growth on that surface.

You can remove small mold growth on windowsills and non-porous areas such as tiles with household products. With that said, mold growth on carpets, wood surfaces and drywall may appear to be gone after you’ve cleaned them; however, remember mold is resilient and can grow back with a vengeance. If mold is about to take over your home call the contractors at 24/7 Restoration in Calgary today on (403) 247-4365.

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