How do I get rid of mold?
If you confirm that mold is growing in your home, you can try a few methods of eliminating it. You should be prepared to call in the professionals though, as these DIY methods are not proven mold removal procedures. The affected area may look cleaner, but be aware of the liklihood that the mold will come right back. As mold can be very harmful, these are merely meant as temporary solutions.
When using mold-killing products, you have to make sure you use them carefully and correctly. You also must be weary that there is no single mold-killing product that will eliminate the problem completely. While you may be able to clean the (non-porous) surface, there is a high possibility that the mold is growing behind the scenes.
Ammonia is quite effective in killing mold, but its’ potent fumes are skin and eye irritants, so you must be sure to wear rubber gloves and protective eye wear, and make sure the area is well ventilated. Mix the ammonia with water in a 50/50 ratio and pour into a spray bottle. Spray liberally on areas that are covered in mold, and allow to soak for a minimum of ten minutes. After this time you can scour the area with a brush and wipe clean. You may need to repeat this several times to ensure complete removal of mold. To clean mold with bleach, mix one cup of bleach with one gallon of water. Then, as with the ammonia solution, spray affected area liberally and scrub with a stiff brush. Do not rinse the area off, as the bleach will continue disinfecting the area as it dries.
Alternatively, there are also a few natural solutions to mold removal. You can try using pure white vinegar undiluted, and pour it directly on the surface. Though it is a pungent smell, the vinegar is an affective option for killing and cleaning mold. If the mold is stubborn, you can also mix hydrogen peroxide or baking soda with the vinegar. A tooth brush and some elbow grease are your most important tools here!