Tips for Minimizing Mold


cleaning mold

Shortly after we moved into our current house, we realized we were facing a mold problem of a magnitude we had never seen before. At the first signs of dampness, mold would spring up everywhere - on the ceiling and walls, in every nook and cranny behind furniture, on our bath mats, etc.

It didn't help that our first winter here was especially rainy, more so than most years I can remember. I had left a throw pillow in a corner for two days, and when I picked it up I discovered that an aggressive growth of mold kicked off in the corner behind that pillow during those 48 hours!

Mold isn't just unsightly and nasty-smelling. It can have potentially serious health consequences such as respiratory problems or symptoms akin to allergy and asthma. Treat it promptly and uncompromisingly as you would a dangerous enemy.

We don't know for sure, but we believe that the previous owner of this house didn't really fight mold. He merely painted over it now and then (and not with mold-resistant paint, either), which was a big mistake, because this doesn't kill the mold and it kept growing and emerging again and again.

The best strategy in dealing with mold is prevention. Mold thrives in damp, airless spaces, so open your windows as frequently as possible and thoroughly air rooms out, especially the bathroom after you use the shower.

8/24/2019 1:40:44 AM

I have found a solution of 6% peroxide 200 mls diluted to 1 liter (1:5) with a teaspoon of washing up liquid (dish soap) (to help adherence) and 3 drops of oil of cloves kills the mold spores and prevents re-infestation. As new mold spores can blow in, I generally treat problem areas annually at the end of our wet season. The peroxide breaks down into oxygen and hydrogen and leaves no harmful we recycle our grey water this is important.

8/23/2019 6:30:07 PM

Cholrine bleach is too toxic. I've had good success with sodium percarbonate. It's a white powder that you can order cheaply in bulk. Add it to water and it forms hydrogen peroxide! If you buy hydrogen peroxide, it goes stale after awhile, that's why I like the powder, it lasts forever, use it whenever I need it. And it's non-toxic, doesn't stink, and gets rid of the mold.

8/23/2019 2:34:09 PM

Peroxide kills mold.

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