How to Get Rid of Black Mold

If it's in your house, you need to learn how to get rid of black mold. Black mold is common and annoying problem in many households. Although a majority of black molds are non-toxic, black mold infestations can still lead to respiratory problems. People with asthma and those with allergies are particularly at risk.

Stopping The Source Of Black Mold

Black mold needs two things to thrive: darkness and moisture. Of the two, moisture is the most critical. If you have a black mold problem, here are some things you can do to limit its return:

  • Plug the dike. Leaking pipes or drains can provide a constant source of moisture that can breed a mold colony. Other moisture sources include: clogged air conditioner drainage lines, clogged or broken rain gutters and leaky tubs or shower enclosures. Repairing any of these issues will go a long way toward preventing the return of black mold.
  • Suck the life out of it. If your windows fog on the inside of your home when the air conditioner or heat is running, you may have an excess moisture problem. A dehumidifier will help remove moisture from the air in your home-just be sure to empty the collection reservoir on a regular basis.
  • It may have to go. Porous materials like carpet, insulation or curtains may have to be thrown out, as it is very difficult to remove black mold from these types of material.

Removing Black Mold

Cleaning up a black mold colony isn't particularly difficult if you approach the task methodically. Here are the steps involved:

  • Be prepared. First, you'll want disposable cleaning supplies: paper towels, non-porous gloves, sponges, a scrub brush and plenty of plastic bags. As a precaution, get a breathing mask as well. Setting up a fan to blow inside air outdoors will help remove loose spores.
  • The secret formula. The best way to remove black mold is to use white vinegar. To make an effective cleaning solution, mix one teaspoon of mild dish washing detergent with one quart of white vinegar. Place this solution in a clean spray bottle.
  • Work small. Regardless of the size of your black mold problem, it's best to work in small areas. You'll be able to keep a small area damp as you work, lessening the chance that you'll introduce spores into the air as you clean.
  • Wet the area. Spray the vinegar solution over a small area until the surface is damp, but not soaked.
  • Remove the mold. Using a scrub brush or sponge, loosen and remove as much of the mold as possible. Repeat as necessary. Spray the area with clear water and wipe one last time with a paper towel.
  • Clean up after yourself. Don't leave black mold removal cleaning supplies behind. Place all of the supplies (including used paper towels and other debris) in plastic bags and then seal and dispose of the bags properly.
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