Mold can be a real nuisance, not only making your walls look unsightly but also posing a health hazard to your family. To get rid of mold, you need to use the right cleaning products and techniques. Bleach is the best mold remover for surface stains, while white vinegar is the best option for deeper cleaning. You can also find commercial cleaners with ingredients such as bleach, ammonia and borax.
Just be sure to follow the instructions on the package carefully to control fumes and exposure. It's important to understand what causes mold in the first place. It could be a warmer season this year or less wind circulating in the air, which would allow mold and mildew to grow. Surface molds grow in almost any humid place, such as the grout lines of a ceramic tile shower. The moisture that builds up on walls after prolonged, smoky rains may be the right condition for this mold to begin to form and thrive.
Buy a dehumidifier for your basement to keep the air dry and as inhospitable as possible to mold. If you see mold on any interior wall, evaluate the condition of the wall and the extent to which the mold has taken hold. Since you have to repair the wall anyway, don't hesitate to cut the drywall beyond the obvious damage to find all the mold and let the wall dry. If you can't remove and replace it, spray the area with a homemade bleach-based mold remover and clean the surface immediately. Mold releases microscopic spores that cause allergic reactions, runny nose and sneezing, as well as irritating and even harmful odors. Since you'll be using bleach or commercial chemicals that remove mold to get rid of mold, you'll need to protect surrounding surfaces, such as floors, from any type of spill that could cause damage.
Not only does mold on interior walls look unsightly, it can also be a health hazard for your family. It is used to remove mold from walls without damaging washable paint or wallpaper, textured ceilings, carpets and washable fabrics. It may also be necessary to seal the basement with a waterproof sealant before priming and painting to prevent moisture and mold from entering. Once you've cleaned up mold, keep it away by monitoring humidity levels in bathrooms and other mold-prone areas. While bleach works well to kill surface fungi and remove ugly marks on walls caused by mold, it doesn't penetrate deep into drywall and therefore leaves the “roots” of the mold intact.
White mold is often found in cold, humid environments, such as basements, walls, and other structures. To ensure that your walls remain free from mold in future, it's important to take preventive measures such as using dehumidifiers in damp areas like basements or bathrooms. Regularly inspect your walls for signs of moisture or discoloration that could indicate a potential problem with mold growth. If you do find any signs of mold growth on your walls, take action immediately by using an appropriate cleaning product or calling in a professional.