How to get rid of mold on wood surfaces

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Have you been faced with some mould growing in your home? If so, you're probably wanting to learn some cleaning tips to get rid of it. Mould is a fairly common household issue and it can even grow in newer homes. The reason we get mould in our homes is mainly because of too much moisture in certain areas around the home. You might find mould growing on your bathroom walls, tiles, caulking, and even in your basement, attic, and kitchen. It may even grow on wood surfaces which might be harder to clean up because of how porous wood is. Mould can also stain wood surfaces and it leaves a musty odour behind. It can also be a health risk for us which is why it's best to clean it up as soon as possible. If you just have a small area of mould, it should be fine to just clean it up on your own. But if the mould happens to be covering more than 10 square feet or if it's deeper in the wood, you should definitely hire a professional to take care of it for you.

When you're removing mould yourself, it's important to wear protective gear like safety goggles, gloves and a face mask. Also, make sure that anyone else in the home wears protective gear or that they are out of the home while you're cleaning it out. You'll also want to close off the room where the mould is so that the spores don't spread to other parts of the home, especially if it's a lot of mould. First, you'll take your vacuum and vacuum the mouldy wood. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA-filter. This will take away the loose spores. Next, you're going to use natural cleaners to clean up the mould. Simply mix some dish soap in some warm water. Then use a cloth and some of the soapy water to clean the mould off of the wood. Then, have some clean, plain water and use a clean cloth to rinse the wood and then dry it with another clean cloth. If there is any remaining mould, use a scrubbing brush to scrub it off of the wood using the dish soap and water. Then rinse again and dry with clean cloths. You want to make sure that you use clean cloths each time otherwise you could risk spreading the mould.

Let the wood dry completely and then apply a wood finish to seal the wood if you like, but doing this is optional. Take note that if the area of wood is too mouldy or rotten, it might need to be discarded. Many people would opt to use bleach on mould, but while it kills it, it doesn't actually get rid of it. Using the soapy water is one of the best options according to SF Gate. Other cleaning tips include different natural cleaners including white vinegar, tea tree essential oil, grapeseed extract, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, baking soda and borax. You can try any one of these or a combination of them to get rid of mould and to keep it away. After cleaning a mouldy area, you're going to want to keep an eye on it so that you don't have it return. Check for the source of excess water or moisture in the area and seal the leak to prevent the mould from coming back. If it's on a wooden window sill, it could be that the seal around the window has a hole in it and needs to be replaced. Try out these cleaning tips and see how they work on the mould in your home.***

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