The immediate aftermath of a major storm can be a chaotic, emotional time as you take stock of the damage to your home or business and its contents. There may be fire, water, and wind damage all at once and every minute you hesitate means a greater chance of permanent damage. Follow these action steps to take control of the situation and limit the devastation.
DIY Mold Removal
Do not use bleach
The typical reaction to finding mold in your home is to grab the nearest industrial-strength cleaner, preferably with bleach, douse it, and frantically scrub. Surprisingly, bleach only kills surface mold, not the membrane underneath, which means it will grow back. Even worse, the mold will recognize the bleach as a threat and grow back even stronger.
Use vinegar to remove mold
There is a potent method for cleaning mold in your kitchen – white distilled vinegar. It’s a mild acid that kills approximately 82% of known molds and can help prevent future outbreaks. It’s possible to clean up small mold outbreaks on your own with white distilled vinegar. Follow these tips to clean them safely and effectively.
- Wear protective clothing to protect yourself from the spores when cleaning mold, including a mask, goggles, and gloves.
- Pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it onto the mold. Don’t dilute it and don’t substitute other kinds of vinegar. Don’t worry about organics or flavors; in this case, plain white distilled vinegar is the only kind that works, and the inexpensive brands work just as well as name brands.
- Let it sit for at least an hour without scrubbing. If scrubbing is necessary later, combine 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 cups of water, pour into a spray bottle, shake, and then spray onto the mold. Scrub with a brush or scouring pad.
- Rinse with warm water, then spray again with the vinegar mixture and let dry. The smell will dissipate in a few hours.
Professional Mold Remediation
If moisture is present mold can spread quickly causing unhealthy living conditions and also cause structural damage to your home. If you find mold in your home or business in Houston, TX that’s more than you can manage on your own, call ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning. We are a state licensed mold removal company and our staff is trained and registered by the State of Texas to perform comprehensive mold remediation services. Our licensed managers will work with you to create an effective plan to remove the mold before it can damage your health or property.
Mold cleanup costs vary, depending on the extent of the infestation.