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Removing Mold From Your Shower

Showers and bathtubs are common places for mold growth because of the almost constant dampness that exists.  The good news about these areas, however, is that the mold typically grows on porcelain or tile, which are non-porous surfaces, meaning the mold is only on the surface and can easily be cleaned off.

The best way to keep mold out of bathrooms and showers is by providing good air circulation and frequent cleaning.
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August 22, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself

Removing Mold from Wood

Wood is a hygroscopic material, which is a fancy term that means it likes to soak up and retain water (think of a sponge).  This makes sense, since wood comes from trees, which soak up water to grow.  While this is good for the tree, its not good for your lumber, furniture, or trim. Let’s go through the steps and talk about some specific issues when removing mold from wood.  Keep in mind these steps assume the mold covers a relatively small area (i.e. less than 10 square feet).
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August 22, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself

Detecting Mold With Your Nose

Smell is regarded by some as our strongest sense. One things that is for sure is that smell is the your best connection to memory. When it comes to mold, if you have ever smelt it, you will never forget it. This is how you can detect mold in your own home quickly, easily and at no cost!

If your nose has picked up an earthy, musty scent, this is a good indication that mold is present. How to you confirm this smell though? Step outside.
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August 22, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself

Killing Mold with Household Products

If you have a mold contamination in your home or office, there is good news. Small mold contamination’s (less than 10 square feet in overall size) can be cleaned on your own with common household products.

Before you attempt to clean mold using any of the products below, remember to prepare yourself with protective gloves, eye wear and an approved breathing mask.
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May 9, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself, Mold Removal

How to Kill Mold with Borax

Borax, a natural cleaning product, is one of the better (more suggested) household products that you can use to kill mold. Because it does not give off harmful off gases like bleach, it can be safer to use when killing mold. Because of its high PH level, Borax when mixed with water is ideal for killing mold, insects, weeds and other invasive things. Best of all, you can buy it at any supermarket for very little money.

Before you start any mold  removal project, be sure to pick up protective gear and equipment in order to avoid any mold related health problems.
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May 9, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself, Mold Removal

How to Kill Mold with Vinegar

Although vinegar is great for killing mold, it is not a guarantee. Vinegar can only kill about 80% of known mold species. In order to determine if your mold type can be killed, and if it is non toxic, a professional mold test is required.

On the plus side, vinegar, unlike other household products like bleach, does not give off harmful off gases and is generally safe to use. It is still recommended to wear protective gloves and eye wear when using vinegar to kill mold as vinegar is an acidic product.

Before you start any mold  removal project, be sure to pick up protective gear and equipment in order to avoid any mold related health problems.
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May 9, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself, Mold Removal

How to Kill Mold with Ammonia

When using ammonia to kill mold, be sure to wear protective gloves, eye wear and an approved breathing mask as ammonia will produce harmful off gases. Like bleach, ammonia will only effectively work on non porous surfaces like tiles, porcelain, glass or metal. Porous surfaces like wood or drywall only allow water into the pores (where mold hides). This gives the mold he moisture it needs to grow.

CAUTION: Never mix ammonia with bleach. The combination of the two produces a highly toxic chemical off gas That can be detrimental to your health.

Before you start any mold  removal project, be sure to pick up protective gear and equipment in order to avoid any mold related health problems.
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May 9, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself, Mold Removal

How to Kill Mold with Baking Soda

One of the most preferred products to kill mold is baking soda. This is because the product is completely safe for humans and pets, is moisture absorbing and it acts as a deodorizer. The latter helps to remove that musty smell that mold leaves behind.

Before you start any mold  removal project, be sure to pick up protective gear and equipment in order to avoid any mold related health problems.
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May 9, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself, Mold Removal

Killing Mold with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide, which is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial, is one of the more ideal household products that you can use to kill mold. This is because it does not produce harmful chemical off gasses, chemical residue, is safe for the environment and is safe to use.

Not only does hydrogen peroxide kill surface mold on fabrics, tiles, porcelain and metal (any non porous material), it also acts as a bleaching agent which can reduce or remove the stain that mold leaves behind. For this reason, you should test hydrogen peroxide on a small, unnoticeable area first before committing to it. This is to ensure that it will not fade colors or textures.

Before you start any mold  removal project, be sure to pick up protective gear and equipment in order to avoid any mold related health problems.
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May 9, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself, Mold Removal

How to Kill Mold with Bleach

If you have unsightly mold in your home or office, then reach for the bleach. Before you it though, you must be aware of a few things.

  1. Bleach produces toxic fumes and residue so be sure to use it only in a well ventilated area. Open windows or doors if possible and wear protective gloves and glasses. Also be sure to use an approved breathing mask to avoid inhaling harmful off gases.
  2. Bleach is only useful for killing mold on select surfaces. Anything that is a porous material such as wood or drywall should be handled by a certified mold remover. Non porous or solid surface materials like porcelain, tiles, glass or countertops can successfully be treated.

Before you start any mold  removal project, be sure to pick up protective gear and equipment in order to avoid any mold related health problems.
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May 9, 2014 / / - / Do It Yourself, Mold Removal
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