If you've discovered the presence of mold in your home, don't panic. As long as the mold has not spread too far throughout the home, there are easy, inexpensive, and effective ways to get rid of it without having to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to a mold remediation specialist. Try these helpful tips to remove any signs of mold from your house so that you and your family can rest easy.
Removal and Rebuild
Even if you scrub an affected area thoroughly with bleach, the mold blooms could still be lurking. if the area where you've found mold is relatively small, it may be best to completely remove the are and reinstall it, such as a piece of drywall in the basement. Completely cut out any places you spot mold and seal them in a large heavy duty trash bag. Then, scrub all of the remaining areas thoroughly with simple household detergent and water. Make sure the scrubbed areas are completely dry and then vacuum up any leftover debris with a vacuum cleaner that uses a HEPA filter. Once this is remedied, you can reinstall drywall in the areas where you removed the mold-affected materials.
Tea Tree Oil
It might surprise you, but tea tree oil is quite effective at killing mold. Tea tree oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties that make it an excellent solution for killing mold. You can find tea tree oil at most natural health stores and even major retailers. Mix one teaspoon of the oil with two cups of water, and using a spray bottle, apply it directly to the mold ridden surfaces. Do not wipe it clean, but instead let it sit on the areas and dry out. This will allow the tea tree oil time to work its magic in killing off any mold on surfaces where it's found.
Vinegar has a lot of uses, and has been known to kill off almost all strains of household mold due to its acidic properties. It is completely non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and fume-free as well. Apply vinegar directly to the surfaces where mold is found. There is no need to dilute it. In fact, vinegar is so potent and effective, yet safe, that you can use it straight out of the bottle and directly onto the mold-ridden areas. The acid found in vinegar will "eat" away at the mold, resulting in a clean, mold-free surface. Let the vinegar sit for one hour or more before wiping it down. Continue to apply the vinegar to areas where the mold was spotted as a preventative measure to keep it from coming back.
For professional mold remediation, contact a company such as AK Pest Control CVA. Inc.