Mold is not only a common household problem but also a health hazard because it can affect your health as well as that of your loved ones. Some of the signs that you have been affected by mold include sore throat, burning eyes, rash, coughing and breathing problems especially if you are allergic. It is important to understand that poor ventilation and the presence of moisture are the two factors that facilitate the growth of mold. However, certain building materials might have needed ingredients e.g. cellulose substrate to attract spore growth. You are required to look out for the signs to ascertain that there is mold growth in your house. If you see some of the signs related to mold growth, you can clean the mold by hiring a professional company or do it yourself. Here are some of the cleaning products that can be used to kill molds:
Vinegar is a mild acid that’s known to kill about 82% species of molds. Therefore, it is an effective mold killer and it has been used by most homeowners over the years to control molds in their homes. To kill molds, you need to dilute the vinegar with some water (although you can spray it directly from the bottle) and then spray the affected area. Leave the spot for a few hours and then scrub it using a brush. If you are looking to prevent mold growth, you can spray vinegar on the surfaces where mold is growing and then leave it to dry. Then, you can spray again after some few days to make sure that you’ve killed all the molds.
The main active ingredient of bleach is sodium hypochlorite and it is effective in mold removal. You just need to spray or wash the area where mold is growing with bleach and you will kill all the molds. However, bleach is effective on non-porous surfaces only e.g. on glass, countertops, tiles, and bathtubs. When used on a porous material, the water component of bleach is absorbed while the active ingredient (sodium hypochlorite) is left on the surface. Therefore, you can only kill molds that are on the surface and after a short period of time, the molds will regenerate. For this reason, you should use bleach on non-porous surfaces only for it to be effective.
Borax is a natural mold inhibitor and it has been used for many years to kill molds. In fact, borax can be used as a fungicide, insecticide or herbicide. If you are looking to kill molds, you just need to mix it with some water to make it easy for you to scrub the mold-affected areas. After you are done scrubbing with a brush, you don’t need to rinse borax because it can be used to prevent further growth of molds.Here are some of the advantages of using borax:
It is a natural cleaning product although it’s toxic if you swallow it
Borax does not emit dangerous fumes or toxic gases that could affect your health
Borax has low toxicity and it is an effective mold killer
IV. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral and hence it can be used to kill molds. You just need to buy the cleaning solution from a drug store and it is ready for use. However, you need to spot test the material you are going to clean to ensure that the cleaning solution won’t fade the colors. Here are some benefits of using Hydrogen Peroxide to kill molds:• The solution is effective on a wide range of materials including floors, bathroom fixtures, walls, tiles, clothes etc.• Hydrogen Peroxide does not produce toxic fumes nor leaves a toxic residue after cleaning.
It is evident that there are effective cleaning solutions that can be used to kill mods in a short period of time. If you are going to do it yourself, you need to research well to do it right and to take the necessary precautions. For instance, if you are going to use bleach, you may have to dilute the cleaning solution and/or use nose muffs and gloves to avoid exposing yourself to harmful fumes or toxic substances when cleaning molds.