How to Get Rid of White Mold

How to Get Rid of White Mold

Mold is a common sight in households, where it forms a layer of fluff that comes in a variety of colors that don't differentiate them in any way. Let's take a look at how to get rid of it, once spotted.
While it may be called 'white mold', what you see is actually 'mildew'. The difference between mildew and mold, is that the former kind of fungi grows as a powdery, flat substance that forms a film over surfaces; the latter kind of fungi has a fuzzy appearance that grows on basement walls, bathrooms, and any area that is subjected to extreme moisture. Mildew and mold thrive on moisture, making the two quite similar in that sense. To destroy both kinds of fungi, it is important to get rid of moisture in a home or in an area by reducing humidity levels, eliminating heating sources, and mending leaky pipes.

How to Get Rid of Mildew

Although you may get several kinds of mildew removal products in the market, there are a few home remedies worth giving a try. Homemade alternatives that can eradicate a mildew-y presence, work just as efficiently as commercial products. If it's extremely difficult to get rid of, consider calling a professional to do the job.

Wear a protective mask that is sealed off completely, to avoid falling sick or suffering from an allergic reaction caused by inhaling airborne spores, that hover around the affected areas. Buy a pair of gloves that go up to your elbows and a pair of overalls to protect other parts of your body. Do not attempt to do this on your own without wearing safety gear.

First, inspect the places in your home that are infested by mildew. These places will have high levels of moisture present, like the bathroom, kitchen, basement, or balcony. Once you track down the source of moisture, you can start off with the mold removal process.

Vinegar
Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz the mildew surface, generously. Let the vinegar eat into the mildew for the next hour before cleaning it away with soapy water and a clean rag. Let the area dry after you're done scrubbing the mildew away. You can use a blow dryer to quicken the process.

Tea Tree Oil
This agent is a fungicide and antibacterial in nature. Mix this oil with a few drops of dishwashing soap, and a little bit of hot water to bring it together. Fill a spray bottle with the mixture and spritz its entire contents directly over the affected surface. Let the mixture sit for a while. After an hour, wipe the surface using a clean, dry rag.

Bleach
Most people recommend using a mixture of bleach (1 cup) and water (1 gallon). Spray the mixture on the surface. After some time, with the help of a brush, scrub the surface gently and rinse it thoroughly with a soapy solution. Ensure that the area dries up completely. For this you can use a blow dryer, set on high.
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