It is very important to deal with the problem as soon as possible because black mold can quickly spread if the conditions allowing the mold to grow are not remedied quickly.
Black mold spores are everywhere and will never be completely eradicated. Since we will never be able to remove all of the mold spores in our environment, the problem is excess moisture, whether it is a leaky pipe, flash flood, standing water or just that your roof needs to be patched. Mold will not grow without moisture, so if you have any water leaking into your home that’s the very first thing to fix.
It’s safe to use this solution on walls, wooden/rubber baseboards, and drywall but keep it off rugs or fabric. Reduce future levels of humidity to stop the mold from coming back.
Buy some rubber gloves (non-porous), a disposable paper dust mask, goggles, and some cheap sponges or scrubbers.
Mix up a solution of 1/4 cup of bleach to 1-quart warm water and 1/4 tsp. mild dishwashing liquid in a clean spray bottle.
If you are making a larger batch the recipe is 1 cup of bleach, 1 gallon of water and 1 tsp. mild dishwashing liquid.
Put on your gloves, dust mask and goggles then spray the bleach cleaning solution on the mold. Leave it to sit for 5-10 minutes and then wipe the area clean with a clean damp sponge.
Spray and repeat until the black mold and stain have disappeared.
Use a fan to make sure the area dries quickly and thoroughly. Once everything is completely dry, vacuum the entire area to ensure any remaining mold spores are removed.
Carpets that contain mold can be cleaned if there is not a significant amount of mold covering it. If there is mold covering a huge amount of the carpet, it needs to be entirely replaced.
Rugs and non-fixed carpeting do not need to be replaced. They can be cleaned to remove the black mold.
Take your rug outside and lay it out on a large surface such as your driveway. Hose the rug down with water.
Apply cleaning solution like baking soda (¼ tablespoon added to a full spray bottle of water) or vinegar (about ¼ cup to a spray bottle of water) to the moldy area. Scrub thoroughly with a scrub brush. Rinse the rug out completely. Vacuum with a wet vacuum to speed up the drying process. Once completely dry, vacuum to remove mold spores.
Now that wasn’t that hard, was it?
Preventing mold is just as important as cleaning up its mess. With proper attention, black mold can become a rare occurrence. Great job!
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