Mold is a fungus that grows from small spores that float through the air. Mold can grow just about anywhere it can find moisture and temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. For most people, this means you might have mold in various locations in and around your own home, including your shower, deck and drywall.
Mildew is a common type of mold that starts as black spots and then grows into bigger colonies. Mildew is often found in the grout lines in a shower and on exterior surfaces that are damp and covered in shade. While mildew is unsightly, it won’t damage a structure like other kinds of mold which cause rot.
Mold can do more than damage your home, too. It can also threaten your health, especially if you have allergies or a compromised immune system. To protect your home along with your well-being, it’s important to treat mold as quickly as possible after you notice signs of its presence.
In most instances, surface mold is easy to treat. Before you begin treating mold, you need to make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Put on a long sleeve shirt, long pants, rubber or plastic gloves and protective eyewear such as plastic goggles.
Once you’re dressed, prepare your cleaning solution. Mix a half cup of bleach with a quart of water and add a little bit of detergent. Make sure you never add ammonia or a detergent containing ammonia to a mixture that contains bleach. When ammonia and bleach are mixed together in any concentration, the mixture will produce a dangerous poisonous gas.
Dip a hard-bristled brush into your mixture and scrub the area that has mold. The bleach in your cleaning solution will kill the mold, and the detergent will lift the mold off of the surface you’re scrubbing. If the mold doesn’t go away, moisten the surface with more of your cleaning solution and let it sit on the area for a few minutes before you scrub the surface again.
When you’re done cleaning, let the surface dry completely. Once it’s dry, seal the area to prevent more mold from growing in the future. If you cleaned the grout in your shower, apply a grout sealer to your tile joints, for example.
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