How to Prevent Mold and Mildew


No one likes the sight or smell of mildew. Getting rid of mildew and stopping it from recurring can be an ongoing process. Moisture is the culprit. Bathrooms, kitchens, attics and basements all are favorite places for mildew to grow. Over growth in mildew can ruin walls, rugs and furniture if left unattended. Mildew can also cause allergic reactions in people who suffer from allergies. Here are a few tips on how to get rid of mildew and prevent it from growing inside your home.

Procedure:

Things You’ll Need:

  • Chlorine bleach
  • Warm to hot water
  • Pump spray
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Step 1

Make sure you check your home for mildew regularly. During wet and rainy periods of the year mildew is more likely to flourish in enclosed areas like basements. Check for leaks and other moisture build ups. Corners, rugs and other areas should be checked. Look for mildew on curtains and drapery as well.

Step 2

Try and find out why mildew is growing in your home. If your mildew is caused by a leak, fix the leak. Fix leaking roofs, window sills, cracks in various places and other things that may allow moisture to accumulate. You may need to install more insulation as well. Check all ventilation. Make sure that you use dehumidifiers, exhaust fans and air conditioners if you need to boost ventilation in your home.

Step 3

Take a vacuum and suck up all traces of mildew from the surface. Use the vacuum cleaners attachments to clean the surfaces and lift mildew stains. Take off as much mildew as you can.

Step 4

Spray the area that has the mildew stains with chlorine bleach. You can mop, scrub, or wipe the surface area with a half a cup of chlorine bleach. When cleaning with bleach make sure the area is well ventilated. Rinse the area with clean water. Make sure the surface is completely dried after the cleaning. Do not leave the surface damp.

Step 5

After cleaning the mildew from the areas in your house, you can paint some places with mold resistant paint. This could prevent the mold from regrowing in your home altogether.

Step 6

If mildew is growing on your furniture or upholstery outside, expose the pieces to as much sun as possible. This will help eliminate the mildew.

Step 7

If fabric is stained with mildew, wash with hot water and bleach. Launder the garment according to the washing instructions to prevent damage to the clothing.

Step 8

Keep your house clean, dry and well ventilated on a regular basis. This is your strongest tool to fight mildew growth and recurrence.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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