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Clean Mildew Off Your Household Surfaces

A straight forward mold and mildew removal product will clean most infestations in your bathroom or kitchen but you will probably need something a little more specific to help you with mildew on other surfaces. Anywhere in your home that is warm and just a little moist can be a breeding ground for mildew. When you find mold on surfaces like clothing, paper, leather goods or upholstery you will need to try some different mildew removal methods.

Take a little care when cleaning mildew off textiles. Whether you are using a store bought detergent or a home made solution check that your fabric is colorfast before doing anything? Before spending money on a commercial cleaner try a home made remedy. Mix a gallon of cool water with a cup of buttermilk and then place your textile in this solution for up to 12 hours. Rinse off and then was again this time in a washing machine.

Mildew removal from leather goods, whether it be a jacket or a pair of gloves can be done but needs a more considered approach. To begin with take the leather item out of the home and dust off the top dried surface of the mold if there is one. Clearly doing this job indoors is a bad idea. The rest of the mold or mildew can be wiped off with a cloth that has been dipped in a fifty/fifty solution of water and denatured alcohol. Be sure to place item in a completely dry place before applying any polishing agents.

When it comes to books or other papers affected by mildew you will probably only want to save the most valuable items, the rest should head for the trash. For those things that you want to save the key is to get them bone dry first. To do this you can simply place the item in a hot and dry environment or indeed in a cool but well ventilated room. The drying process will go quicker if you scatter a little talcum powder or cornstarch over the damp areas. Once dry just brush off everything with a soft rag.

Mold and Mildew Removal Tips

No matter how many times a fact is mentioned, some people still stand by and swear to their old and true cheap products. And the fact is, bleaching is no longer recommended for mold and mildew removal.

The reason is because bleach cannot penetrate non-porous surfaces where fungus (mold) spores generally hide. So even though it may look like the surface is clean on top, deep down below those spores are just waiting to resurface.

Still, there are those who are stubborn enough that they will always believe in the power of bleach (plus who can resist cheap!) for mold removal. It may be okay for some porous surfaces where you know for a fact your cleaner of choice can absorb below the surface area, but should always be used with great caution since its vapors are just as dangerous as black mold effects.

• First of all before you even open that bottle of bleach, you need to put on a pair of rubber gloves and a respiratory mask. And if your high sensitive to chemical vapors, you should wear a pair of goggles as well. Also, don’t forget to open the windows in the bathroom. You’ll need all of the fresh air that you can get!

• Now you can fill a gallon bucket with warm water and add one cup of bleach to the bucket.

• Next, dip an old scrub brush into the bleach solution and begin scrubbing the areas where the mold growth has occurred. Then rinse the brush with clean water and repeat this step until all of the mold has been removed from the surface. Keep in mind that you may need to repeat this step several times before you see any results.

• Once the surface looks clean, rinse it with clean water and do a final check to make sure that your mold and mildew removal task is complete. Then, dry the area with a clean rag and you’re done.