House Mould Cleaning Service – Tips & Advice
Hello, clean my space nation. This week we’re talking about a subject I get asked about all the time: what to do about mold and mildew? So in this video, we’re going to discuss what you need to know about it and how you can deal with it. So, crawl up on the couch because things are about to get moldy!emergency plumber sydney
Mold and mildew are fungi, which are basic microscopic organisms that can thrive in any moist environment. Now, molds are actually quite important- they’re nature’s way of breaking down dead organic matter and help regenerate our environment by breaking down leaves and other organic materials, regenerating soil and doing other moldy things.hot water replacement
This is absolutely wonderful for the outdoors, but if mold is indoors, it is not a good thing. Not a good thing! Mold is typically black, brown, white, or green and can eventually get thick and fuzzy. Okay, one quick shout out to mold: we do appreciate that it gives us antibiotics and funky cheese.
So, what’s mildew? Well, it’s just mold in its early stages. It’s a type of mold and it’s generally found in homes on wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboards, bathroom and kitchen surfaces, wallpaper, carpet, drywall, fabric, foods, insulation, and other organic materials. Mildew is usually black, brown, yellow, or white.
Occasionally orange or pink, and can look dusty or flax. Mold grows in colonies and starts to form on damp surfaces around the 24 or 48 hour mark. They create mold spores, which are airborne and can land on organic surfaces close to the original source. This is annoying because they spread like a moldy wild fire and you’re the one left to deal with it.
Not to mention some their health implications that come along with mold. Now, mildew is less harmful than mold, although it still can cause some health issues, but it grows more predictably than mold does and I find it to be easier to deal with. Oh, and that pink and orange mildew in your bathroom, hence my nylon pink top, that’s harmless but it’s ugly. So we’ll cover it. Don’t worry.
Mold spores can grow or land and start to colonize on damp or moist surfaces like this tiny, little baby pumpkin that we use on Halloween. Or they can start to grow on a wet sponge or on your ground or a bunch of other surfaces around the house. Basically, any wet surface.
And, you might not be able to see it with your own eyes, but can you ever start to smell it. If you smell something that’s a little too earthy, a little too out drossy, a little too rotten or like dirty cheese. Gosh! I don’t know how to describe it any better. That’s not a fun one, my friends, that is mold.
There are health issues associated with mold, which is why people take it so seriously. When it starts to grow and settle, those mold spores are considered allergens and that can cause running nose, sneezing, red eyes, rashes, and in more severe cases, can lead to asthma attacks. For people with compromised immune systems, it can be even harder to bear. At best, mold can be an irritant. However, it can also be potentially toxic.
House Mould Cleaning Service – Serious Mold Issues
That’s why if you do have a serious mold issue; be it from a flood or a lack of ventilation, you need to get it treated ASAP. Mildew can produce less severe instances of these symptoms, but a little bit of mildew in the bathroom is more an eyesore than health threat. So, please don’t worry. Mold will also ruin any surface it settles upon eventually unless it’s caught and dealt with ASAP. I actually had a mold issue in my old condo, I kept coughing and I had itchy skin and I didn’t know why.
But there was this strange smell coming from my closet; it was this earthy, moldy smell. Eventually, I took a look behind my clothes and I saw a giant mold infestation on my closet wall and carpet, which of course, shared the wall with my bathroom. Well, you can probably figure out how this one ended.
I had to tear out an entire wall and replace my shower, I had to throw away clothing and shoes which were covered in mold. Not to mention, I had to spend some cold hard cash on that little, unnecessary emergency. It was not a good thing.
Mildew, on the other hand, is common in damp environments and just needs to be managed. Once it forms, it can be cleaned and treated to prevent big growth.
If you have a mold issue in your home, like what I had, don’t panic. But I would recommend calling a professional company to have a look and handle it. They need specialty protective gear, they can use specialty products, they can test for mold spores in the air and know exactly how to eliminate the entire problem, not just what meets the eye. If you have mildew in the house, there are some terrific options for cleaning it. Now, one quick note here, CMS fans, bleach can help remove mold and mildew and it can be an effective cleaner. But that being said, we don’t use bleach here at CMSHQ, and there are so alternatives which works just as well.
So here they are: option one is a clean my space favorite- vinegar. And we’re going to be using undiluted vinegar and if you have full strength vinegar, even better. This means it’s going to be really strong, but that’s what we’re going to need when we’re fighting mildew. Be certain the surfaces you’re cleaning can tolerate vinegar first, though. So this is a no, no on natural stone and other sensitive surfaces. Simply apply the undiluted onto the surface with mildew, leave it for thirty minutes and then scrub vigorously. That means with a lot of energy with a scrub brush. Rinse and dry, and just respray with that vinegar and let it air-dry. That would help treat the surface and prevent regrowth.
Option number two involves using oxygen bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Create a 50/50 mix of either liquid or powdered oxygen bleach or hydrogen peroxide to water, apply to the area, leave it for ten minutes and then scrub well with a scrub brush. Then just rinse it, dry it and respray that area with oxygen bleach and allow it to air-dry. Oxygen bleach is not the same as chlorine bleach, but it is a safe and effective alternative and I really love this option. Option number three, use a specialty product designed to combat mold and mildew like Concrobium, which is a product I found after that condo drama I told you about. I like it because it’s non-toxic, it doesn’t have any smell, and it’s easy to use and it works well. Remember, clean your cleaning tools after this so that you don’t have any mildew left behind.
It’s no surprise that prevention is key and the easiest way to deal with mold is to stop it from forming in the first place. What we do know is that mold thrives on moisture. So, if you control the moisture in your home, you control the mold.
So, here are a few handy tips to help you prevent this nasty stuff:
- Use the exhaust fan in your bathroom. That’s what it’s there for. The exhaust fan will help eliminate excess moisture from your bathroom, especially after having showers. And you should leave it on during and after the shower for a total of sixty minutes. If you don’t have one, just leave the door open and ideally, a window open as well.
- Clean your shower curtain on a somewhat regular basis. This helps reduce soap residue in your shower area, which mildew feeds on. We’ve got a video on that and I will link it down below.
- If you’re going to use storage baskets in the bathroom, use the ones with holes in them, which will allow air to pass through. That way moisture can’t build up in those areas and create mildew.
- Hang any damp towels to dry entirely, allow air to pass through them, and avoid that moldy, musty smell that comes from a towel not drying properly.
- The same thing goes for sponges, let them dry out entirely so that they don’t smell.
- One of my favorite is to use a squeegee after you shower or bath, or can towel dry the tiles in the tub. It’s the best way to eliminate water build up on tiles and other areas where water can puddle and attract mildew.
- Keep your shower or bath area as clear from bottles as possible. It will make it easier to find the spots where that water is collecting and you won’t see the mildew anymore.
- You can also use a daily shower spray containing one tea spoon of tea tree oil to one cup of water and just mix that on the shower walls after each use. You could also do one part vinegar and one part water. Either way, this is going to prevent the mildew from coming back.
Oh, and that pink and orange stuff in the tub in the toilet, that’s just needs to be scrubbed away and cleaned like anything else we’ve just talked about. Just use one of those solutions that I discussed and it will quickly be eliminated until it comes back again.
And yes, it will come. I have yet to figure out a way to get rid of it entirely. Mold will not grow if moisture is not present. So that’s the key to beating it inside your home. Now, you know the difference between mold and mildew, and what to do about it.
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And now is that special time of the week where I get to read off a tablet. So, here are some cool comments from last week’s video and I’m going to answer them just for you. First one comes from Joe Smith who says, “How do you wash your toilet floors? I use vinegar and water, but I’m hoping for better ideas.” Joe, I use the same thing. It’s either vinegar and water or a little bit of dish soap and water. And sometimes if I want to get real fancy, I put in five drops of essential oil. I love eucalyptus and then mop and my home smells like a spa. It’s a win-win situation.
Next question comes from Jill Olsson who says, “What a great follow up to your kitchen [not clear], I assume you also mopped the kitchen ceiling.” So, what she’s referring to is when I used the Swiffer to get rid of dust. I also used it on the “crown moldings” although I don’t have any, but just to give you guys an idea of what I’m talking about. But you can also do the ceiling if you have a flat ceiling. If you have a popcorn ceiling, it’s a little more difficult. So, yes, you can indeed do the ceiling as well. Next question comes from tworedbird1, “How do you clean your clean your vacuum cleaner brushes attachment and hoses?” his is a great question.
We have a video that’s called “How to clean your cleaning tools” which basically runs the gambit of every single cleaning tool that you have in your home and talks about the frequency of when you need to clean it and how to clean it. You have to pardon she’s using part of references in the video, but the information is still really great. And I’ll put that for you down in the description box below. Or who knows, we may even throw it wherever I normally put those other videos.
They’re probably right over there. Finally, naturalwannabe says, “Great video as always. I’m curious, did the taco kit make it to the new kitchen?” Well, yes, it did. Thanks for the great questions, you guys. Keep them coming, and we’ll do this again next week. See you next time.
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