How to clean mold from walls, window sills and more
Moisture and dirt don’t mix well together, especially in your home. In fact, combining the two can result in the development of mold, which is a serious matter, as if left untreated, mold can lead to health problems. As soon as you notice mold on your walls, window sills or anywhere else, you should try to remove it. Some products are very effective in getting rid of mold. However, it’s important to know how to use them first.
To help you remove mold from your walls, E.Exterminateur’s decontamination team explain the most effective methods.
What is mold?
Mold is a type of microscopic fungus that grows on damp surfaces. It can damage many types of materials and is a big sign of an unhealthy home.
Once mold appears, it is important to act quickly since it presents a number of health problems. It can cause outbursts of coughing, painful headaches, a runny nose, and eye irritation. Mold can even lead to asthma attacks. Therefore, it’s vital to know exactly how to remove mold from your walls.
How to identify mold
It’s usually quite obvious to spot when checking for mold in your home. If your walls have been affected by mold, you’ll notice that they look discoloured and are covered in stains varying in colour from white to black to green. Black mold is generally the most dangerous to your health.
If your home has developed a foul stench or your walls have started to crack, it is also likely that you have a mold problem.
Note that spring and autumn are the seasons where mold is most likely to develop. Make sure that you regularly check your house for mold throughout the year and take preventive measures, especially during these months.
Where does mold grow?
Mold can grow on a variety of different materials, including cardboard, wood, carpet, furniture, and plasterboard walls.
Since moisture often coincides with mold, here are the places where you are most likely to encounter it:
- On the walls and ceilings of your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room
- Under the sink
- On window sills
- In closets or enclosed storage spaces
- In the basement
- In appliances that use water (dishwasher, washing machine, air conditioner, etc.)
- In the attic and in house insulation
How do you get rid of mold?
There are many ways to get rid of mold once it has creeped up on your walls. Using chemical products is the most effective way to eliminate mold. When using these products however, it’s important to wear a mask and gloves to avoid inhaling the chemicals or toxic mold particles since these can be harmful.
For your safety, we recommend that you hire a decontamination professional to remove mold from your walls. They will have all the equipment and expertise required to get rid of the mold for good.
Here’s the steps to follow if you decide to take on this task yourself:
- Create a solution with water and an effective cleaning product (see the list below)
- Rub and clean off the mold using a cloth dipped in the solution
- Dry the surface with a clean, dry cloth
Effective products for removing mold
Here’s a list of the chemical products that you can use to eliminate mold:
- A water and bleach solution
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
Our decontamination experts sometimes use really strong mold cleaning products, such as those meant for treating Diogenes syndrome. These products should only ever be left in the hands of professionals!
Note: Certain products such as Borax and bleach will work better on non-porous surfaces, such as your bathroom or kitchen tiles.
How to remove mold
Treating a mold problem isn’t as easy as it may seem, especially if the damage is significant. In most cases, hiring a professional mold removal expert is the best solution.
Knowing how to get rid of mold is one thing but making sure that it doesn’t come back again is another.
Using chemical products presents many risks so it’s important to be careful when using them and not to go overboard. Making sure you are safe is a priority so hiring a professional is by far the best way to go.
Trust E.Exterminateur to remove the mold in your home
To keep your home safe and clean, it’s important to act quickly if you notice any signs of mold. This is because mold carries with it many risks to your health and can cause your walls to crack and become unstable.
Knowing how to remove mold requires a certain level of expertise and experience using chemical products, since they can be harmful. We therefore recommend that you hire an experienced decontamination professional.
Contact E.Exterminateur now! Our team will quickly come to your rescue and remove the mold from your walls for good. Leave the work to our Montreal decontaminators! They’ll help to make your home safe and healthy once again!