Mold is a type of fungus that can find its way into your home. It is destructive especially to wooden surfaces, produces a musty smell and particularly bad for the health especially to people with allergies, asthma or weak immune system. If you discover molds growing on your floor, tiles, carpets or bathroom, it is only practical that you should remove them through bleach mold removal or other methods to avoid its ill effects on your property and to your health as well.
The best way to avoid molds is to prevent them from growing. But since they are difficult to detect during their early stages, the next best thing to do is to remove them with the use of the right products. Here are some easy steps to remove molds from floors and carpets.
To remove molds from wooden floors:
1. Remove molds on wooden floors with a blunt knife or scraper. Once they are detached, use a vacuum cleaner to suck every particle to prevent them from growing back.
2. Use sandpaper on affected areas to remove mold roots and left particles then apply anti-fungal solution to annihilate remaining parts. Leave the area for a while to dry up then re-sand the area and apply anti-fungal treat for the second time.
3. If you want to restore your flooring finish, you may do so by allowing the affected area to dry. Once the area is completely dry, you may apply wood stain with a matching color.
To remove molds from carpets:
1. Before you start your mold demolition job, you must be sure to wear proper face mask, goggles and protective clothing. Mold spores will disperse in the process and breathing them in can compromise your health.
2. When removing molds, you should see to it that the doors of your house are closed. Mold spores that fly into the air have a tendency to enter other parts of your house where they could grow back. You may leave your windows open to facilitate air flow.
3. If you can remove the carpet, you should take it outside and have it exposed to the sun for about 48 hours. But if your carpet is fastened in place, you need to pull it up from the floor for about three feet. If a padding or lining is wet, you should also remove it to allow air to pass through the undersides. Use an electric fan or the blow function of a vacuum cleaner to dry out any affected area.
4. Use a stiff brush to sweep and collect mold debris from both sides of the carpet. Take a stiff brush and sweep mold debris from the front and the back of the carpet.
5. Spray your carpet with anti-mold solution. Make sure that the anti-mold formula is able to penetrate to the base of the fibers. Once this is done, scrub the carpet on both sides and allow it to dry without rinsing out the anti-mold liquid.
6. Apply anti-fungal solution on the area where the carpet was placed and allow it to dry.
7. Spray anti-mold solution on all areas and give them time to dry.
8. Run your dehumidifier for two more days to make sure that any residual spores don’t have a chance to re-grow.
9. Douse all equipment used in removing the molds to prevent any remaining spores from getting back into the air and find their way back to your carpets or other areas where they can re-grow.
These are simple solutions you can do to remove molds and prevent them from spoiling your carpets. These measures however work best if the affected area is less than two square meters. Any area beyond this may require the expert help of professionals such as the easy care carpet cleaners.
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