The best way to clean mold on caulking and grout

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Cleaning up mould at first sight of it is always a good idea. Left to linger, the mould spores only multiply and expand which can wreak havoc on your drywall, tile and other surfaces, not to mention your health. People are becoming more aware of the health issues caused by the inhalation of mould spores, especially black mould spores. Long-term exposure to black mould can cause respiratory issues and allergy flare-ups as well as other health issues you want to avoid. So if you find mould you want to learn how to remove mould, what kills mould and cleaning tips to eradicate it. Finding mould on a painted surface early on will be easier to remove than mould that has penetrated into the paint and drywall. You can use natural cleaners like vinegar to spray on the mould to kill it and then wipe the mould away with a cloth and throw the cloth away so you don't spread the mould even further. If the mould has gotten deeper into the paint or the drywall, you may need to remove the drywall and replace it or patch it.

You don't want to leave any traces of the mould spores behind since they will just continue to spread. Mould is also commonly found on window casings too. You can use some vinegar in a spray bottle to spray the mould and then allow the vinegar to kill the mould by leaving it there for 30 minutes. Then wipe the mould away with paper towels or with a rag you can throw away. Then, make sure to dry the casings completely, so the mould doesn't return. You can also clean tiles and wood with mould using the same cleaning tips. Just make sure that you keep the area completely dry afterwards. For grout and caulking with mould on it, you can try the same cleaning tips, but if the mould still remains you may have to replace the caulk or the grout in the area where the mould was growing. Just scrape out all of the mouldy grout and then thoroughly clean the area using vinegar or any other cleaner you have chosen to clean the mould. Next, allow the area to completely dry and then you can replace the caulk or grout and seal it up. Leaving the area wet and putting the new grout in place could just trap moisture behind the grout where more mould can grow. That's why it needs to be dry before you replace it.

To prevent mould from growing back, you should also work on reducing the amount of humidity in your home. If you have a lot of moisture in your home due to poor ventilation, you need to have better ventilation installed. Or, you can also buy a dehumidifier which will dry out the air in your home. Wood burning fireplaces are also good for creating drier air within a home so having one already acts as a dehumidifier. When you're taking hot showers or baths always be sure to run the fan before, during and after your shower or bath. You can also open a window to let some of the moisture out of the room. Never leave water standing on any surface in your home. This can cause bigger issues like mould and rot. You can also try drying out your shower area after you have a shower to keep things dry and mould free. Drying your laundry inside is not always the best idea though because you end up adding more moisture to the air as your clothes dry so always dry them in the machine or on a line outside.***

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