Cleaning Up Mold Fast and Effectively
Choosing the most effect mold cleaning method will depend on the surface the mold has moved in on.
There are 3 really good cleaning solutions that you can use when cleaning up mold that are most likely already in your home. All 3 of them work. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses when being used as a mold cleaner.
Make your selection of cleaning solution to use based on what you are cleaning, where the mold is located, and what works best for you.
In no case should you mix all these together or add additional ingredients to boost the mold cleaning solution. Cleaning chemicals when mixed can cause poisonous gasses to form- Bleach mixed with ammonia for one will produce a deadly gas.
Mold Cleaning Solutions:
- Bleach- Highly alkaline, caustic it will burn your skin. Bleach instantly removes mold and it’s stain with minimal scrubbing. Bleach must be rinsed thoroughly off the surface being cleaned to avoid damage. Use 1 cup bleach to 4 cups water to make the cleaning solution. Bleach is great on hard surfaces such as tile and brick, don’t use it on fabric.
- Vinegar- Natural mild acid, environmentally safe. Acidic solution kills mold, but does not help with stain removal. Acidic properties inhibits mold regrowth. Use full strength vinegar to make the cleaning solution.
- Borax- Borax is alkaline like bleach but is not as caustic. It remove stains and brightens without bleach. It won’t take mold stains off on contact, but they should come off easier than with vinegar. Alkaline borax inhibits mold regrowth. Borax is one of my favorite cleaning products. It’s cheap and highly effective. Use 1/4 cup borax dissolved in 4 cups of HOT water to make the cleaning solution. Borax is a great mold remover and works on most surfaces.
Cleaning Mold from Bathroom Shower Tiles:
Mold cleaning from bathroom tiles is fairly easy, provided you do it regularly and don’t let the mold have the run of the room. As long as you understand that mold will grow in any dark, moist place, you can attack it. If you have mold growing on the tiles in your shower, here’s how to remove it:
- In a large spray bottle, mix your solution of mold cleaner
- Spray the shower walls with the mixture
- Be sure to get into hidden areas like a built-in soap holder, under the faucet or shower head and in the corners
- Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes
- Wipe the walls down with a damp sponge
- Rinse the shower completely to remove all traces of cleaner. Mold cleaner on tiles are extremly slipperly and you don’t want to have an accident the next time you are in the shower
Cleaning Mold On Outside Furniture:
Patio furniture, especially a cushion, is subject to mold growth in most parts of the country. To clean mold and to prevent future growth, you’ll need to follow these five simple steps:
Mix the following in a medium-sized spray bottle:
- 1 teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid
- 1 teaspoon of borax
- 1 quart of lukewarm or warm water
Apply the mixture to the cushions:
- Spray the patio furniture cushions with the solution
- Make sure all areas of the cushions are sprayed
Let the cushions stand for 15 minutes:
- Spray the patio table and chairs with the solution while the cushions are soaking
- Wipe the furniture (legs and the bottoms of the chairs, too) with a damp cloth
Scrub the cushions:
- Scrub one side of the cushions with a soft-bristled brush and then flip over to do the other side
- Using the spray attachment for the hose, spray the cushions and the furniture
Air dry in the sun:
- Place the cushions and the furniture (if possible) in a sunny area of the yard and allow to air dry