Spring Cleaning Mold & Mildew

Spring-Cleaning-Mold-Mildew

Spring got you cleaning? Don’t forget those cracks and crevices that contain mold and mildew! Waiting another year, might be dangerous for your health. Allow us to enlighten you on the importance of Spring Cleaning Mold & Mildew in your home.

First Things First

Before putting on your yellow rubber cleaning gloves and strapping on a pair of ridiculous goggles, take a look at the patch of mold you are about to start cleaning. How big is it? As a general rule, if the growth is less than 10 square feet (about 3 feet by 3 feet) you should be perfectly capable of cleaning it up. If it is larger than that, you are probably going to want to enlist the help of a professional.

An Easy Go-To

Bleach is an incredible cleaner. Start off by mixing bleach with warm water in a large bucket. You should use approximately one cup of bleach for every gallon of water. Mix it thoroughly, and get ready to start cleaning! Use a medium-bristled brush for best results. Scrub with force and make sure every bit of mold has been removed from the surface. Once you are sure all the mold has been cleaned way, you need to start drying the surface off. Start with towels and finish with a hairdryer. This is an important step. You don’t want to leave any moisture behind otherwise mold might just start growing all over again.

A Good Alternative

Vinegar is a great cleaner if you are removing mold from a non-porous surface. Spray an undiluted solution over a surface and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a wet, medium-bristled brush to start scrubbing. Vinegar is non-toxic which makes it a great alternative to bleach. It also means it is only about 80 percent effective at kill mold, so keep an eye out for return growths.

As always, if while you’re spring cleaning you notice any issue with your plumbing or faucets, contact our experts at ABQ Plumbing for assistance!

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