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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Little Know How's

How to rid mold off wood:
Wipe mold infested area with Clorox and Hot Water Mixture. Use an old toothbrush to scrub mold out of cracks and crevices.
 Wipe down with Spic N Span and Water.  Wipe Dry.





How to kill mold with vinegar:


 First thing is wear protection.'''  White distilled vinegar is safe, non-toxic and organic, but may irritate your skin with prolonged contact. To protect your hands from the acid in the vinegar and from the irritating effects of mold, wear rubber gloves.
 '''Scrub the mold.''' Using soap, water and a stiff brush, scrub the moldy area until most of the mold is removed. Soap and water will be very effective in removing most of the mold.

Pour your vinegar into a spray bottle and douse the moldy area with the vinegar.
 Use a stiff brush to work in the vinegar.
 Let the area dry and repeat if necessary until the mold is gone.



Remove mold from wood floor:





Wash the floor or the affected area with an oil soap recommended for the cleaning of wood. Run a fan during the cleaning, as this will help  the floor to dry quickly.
Use a scraper to scrape once along the surface to remove the surface layer of mold.  The scraper will be a piece of metal approximately 8 inches wide, a few inches high, and 1/4 of an inch thick.  Just press into the wood with the edge and pull along.  Be sure to pull with the grain of the wood.
Use a sanding sponge labeled "finish removal", or indicating a rating of approximately 180 grit.  Sand with the grain (moving the sponge in the same direction as the grain) to remove the mold.
Attack remaining areas of mold. If necessary use a tiny amount of diluted Clorox bleach to remove any stubborn spots.  Be careful as you can ruin the look of the wood with this.
 Chemicals sold for stain removal on wooden decks will also work on wood floors.
Use 200 grit sandpaper with a light touch to smooth the wood.
Re-finish the wood, ideally with the same finish originally used.  Especially with water-based finishes, it will be tough to match if you don't have the same finish.



Remove mold after water damage:


  Keep the place dry. Mold grows when things get wet. Even a piece of steel when wet will grow mold on the surface. Drying it out completely is the key. Remember that mold is a living creature, that needs warmth, food and water. Removing the water is the easiest and less destructive way to avoid mold growth.
 Eliminate all moisture. Just because the surface of the material is dry to the touch, doesn't mean it's completely dry. Moisture can hide under carpets, walls and even between two pieces of steel. No the mold can't eat steel, but the mold can eat the dust that caked on the mold.
  If you are not sure if there is moisture in places that are not accessible, hire a professional that has moisture detection equipment.



Removing mold from in the bathroom:




 Take your shower curtain off the rod. This is easily done by unhooking the fasteners.
 Put the shower curtain in your washer with a few towels that need washing and add the usual detergent.
 Use hot water and the usual cycle for washing your towels and shower curtain.  Do not use fabric softeners. These should not be used on towels  in anyway since they affect absorbency.
  Shake or drip dry your shower curtain.
 Rehang your sparkling clean shower curtain.
 After you shower leave your shower curtain open (not bunched up) so that it may dry without accumulating mold or mildew.


Do you have a way to remove mold let me know!

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