How to Clean Mold and Mildew Away Painted Walls

How to Clean Mold and Mildew Away Painted Walls

Mold and mildew — a form of mold in its early phases — grow readily in moist, warm and humid or water-damaged areas. Not only are mold and mildew unsightly, but certain strains can cause allergies and serious respiratory ailments together with the damage they could cause to your walls. Safely clean and disinfect painted walls with common household supplies such as detergent and bleach.

Check for mold and mildew damage underlying the drywall before you begin. If the drywall crumbles to the touch or has big cracks in it, then consult a professional on the way to proceed, otherwise skip to Step 2.

Get ready for cleaning and disinfecting by eliminating furniture or decorative items in the affected location. Wear protective rubber gloves, gloves and a mask to protect yourself. Lay plastic sheets back on the ground, over windows and ports and fasten with tape.

Mix 3 parts warm water to 1 part detergent in a spray bottle. Spray the solution to the affected location. Scrub mold off with a towel or rag. Fill the second spray bottle with clean water and spray to rinse the area. Wipe dry with a towel or rag.

Create a solution of 1 part bleach to 2 parts water from the third spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the affected area. Leave for 10 minutes, then rinse with the spray bottle full of water. Dry with a clean towel, cloth or rag.

Discard used towels and plastic in a tightly tied garbage bag and dispose of normal garbage. Flush any liquids or water used in the procedure in the bathroom.

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