Getting Rid of Mold Around The House
Although they may look like water stains, mold can actually form on windows and doors around the house. There are several remedies for this situation and one of the more common and least expensive involves a bleach and water solution that’s know to kill mold. If you’ve still got wooden windows in your home, you might notice that that mold progresses more quickly than with the newer vinyl windows.
Mold knows very few boundaries for the things that it will affect in your home. For example, upholstered furniture and even mattresses are susceptible to a mold infestation, though with a minor problem, you might be able to just leave the furniture outside to air it out. Sunlight works wonders but it might also fade furniture colors so it might be best to place the infected furniture in the shade for a full day instead. Vacuum the furniture down thoroughly with a hepa-vacuum and then wipe the pieces down with a solution of denatured alcohol and water.
When you’re working with furniture, it’s best to try this solution out on an inconspicuous location first. Let the items dry completely and if the odor and stains remain you might need to contact a professional fumigator. For wood furniture the process is the same in that you should take the pieces outside in a shaded area. Direct sunlight may cause the wood to wrap or split. After you remove the drawers, you should use a bleach solution again to remove the mold. If you’ve got dogs or cats that like to play in the yard, make sure to keep them away from the furniture as the cleaning solution could be harmful to their health.
After you’ve let the solution dry, you should rinse it off. Once it’s completely dry, the affected areas can be sanded down to ensure that all mold has been properly removed and there’s little chance that the mold will reform. When the furniture has been dried completely, you should reseal the wood with the proper solution so that new mold won’t be able to gain a foothold once again.
To remove mold from a drape you should take it to a dry cleaner. For washable clothes or fabrics, hang them in the sunlight and let them dry out for a full day, or at least until they’re odor free. Then wash the clothes following the instructions that are on the labels, using a bleach that is fabric safe. If a shower curtain has the same problem, soak it in a tub with hot water and a chlorine solution. Remember that plastic curtains cannot be damaged by bleach.