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Cleaning 101: Simple Remedies to Clean Out Molds

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Mold is a common issue to many homes. Houses made of wood are likely to develop molds due to moisture and dampness. Aside from occurring on hard surfaces like walls, mold formation also emerges in upholstered items, carpets, clothing and lines.

A house made of logs looks very attractive as it boasts traditional sense. With a modern touch to a log home, it can give beautiful dwelling for years to come. But what if molds start to build up? Many cleaning products available on the market claim great efficacy in eliminating molds. However, there are homemade cleaning remedies you can do to prevent the mold from developing more.

Killing and Cleaning Solutions

There are two options of killing solutions. First is the bleach and hot water solution. Just mix one cup of bleach and 10 cups of hot water together. Increase the measurement if you need more of the solution. The second option is plain white vinegar solution. It can be used with water, but vinegar alone is already a good cleaning solution. Both solutions can kill mold spores which reduce further mold build up. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and close it tightly. Spray the affected spots with any of the solution and wait for a few minutes before cleaning the areas.

Cleaning Process

After spraying the cleaning solution, leave it for several minutes to allow the solution to penetrate. This will likely break up the mold build up on the wall and enable the molds to loosen up from the surface. Scrubbing the affected areas is a good way to get rid of molds. In case you still have the homemade cleaning solution, dip the brush into the solution and scrub the areas. Remember to scrub the wall areas firmly but not too hard to avoid damaging them. Repeat the process until the molds are removed.

Mold Prevention

After cleaning the affected areas, the next thing to do is preventing the molds from coming back. Mold prevention will not just save you time in cleaning the affected spots over and over again but can prolong the life of your home too. The best way to keep the molds from emerging again is to determine the root cause and fixing it. Repair the parts of the house that cause moisture problems including roof leaks and water pipe leakages. Make sure that your ventilation system is in good condition since it can also cause mold formation.

Apart from log house, these solutions can also be used in homes made of concrete, bricks or hollow blocks. Watch out for those areas with moist or humid as molds tend to develop faster. Keep in mind that these homemade cleaning solutions may be effective for some users. However, this does not guarantee that they can eliminate mold formation in ALL surfaces.  There are some mold formations that have been for years and are hard to remove. This case calls for another solution. No matter what kind of cleaning solution you use, remember to wear gloves to avoid irritating your skin.


This post was contributed by Ashley O’connor. She enjoys sharing ideas and tips about improving home design and cleaning home specifically with regards to Lincoln military housing mold. All topics related to making each home become more livable and beautiful are her forte. Along with her girl friends, she maintains a blog www.wordbaristas.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AshleyOconnor82.



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