Hard to Clean Places? How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew appear from excessive moisture. It usually appears in tight corners that are difficult to reach in bathrooms and kitchens. It’s not only an eye sore, but it can also become a health issue. Treat any mold and mildew before the problem gets out of hand. Here’s how to get rid of mold and mildew:
- Wear Protective Gear: Before you start to try and tackle your mold problem, take the necessary precautions to stay safe. If the area that you are working with has mold over 10 square feet, then call in a professional. If it’s in hard to reach corners, then make sure to wear gloves while treating it. Our skin absorbs chemicals that it comes in contact with. Keep your skin from getting irritated by wearing long sleeves and gloves. If you want to go the extra mile, you can wear protective goggles and a mask to prevent inhalation while cleaning.
- Toss Things That Are Porous: If the mold is deep within something that is porous, then it’s better to cut your losses and toss the object. Painting or caulking over walls with mold will not fix the problems. Things like bedding and carpet will be too hard to clean. Cut out the damaged portion, and replace it. Before you do, figure out how the moisture and mold is growing to stop the problem from continuing.
- Water + Bleach: Start your plan of attack with a solution of bleach and water. You want to mix 1 cup of bleach for every gallon of warm water. Put the solution in a spray bottle for the hard to reach places. Spray down the area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Re-apply the solution before going at it with a brush. Repeat as many times as necessary until the mold is eliminated.
- Vinegar: If you want to try to go a more natural route before using bleach, then try using vinegar. Keep in mind that this can still cause skin and eye irritation for you as well. Always use protective gear while cleaning. For hard to reach spots, put undiluted distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Douse the area with the vinegar and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Spray the area again, and try scrubbing it away with a brush. For smaller places, use an old toothbrush or a wire brush for cleaning grills.
- Borax Solution: After you’ve attacked the mold and mildew, wash the area with a borax solution to prevent future growth. Mix one cup of borax for every gallon of warm water. Use a sponge to get into the hard to reach places and wipe away the excess.
You’ll feel refreshed and excited to see a clean bathroom without lingering mold in the corners. To keep mold at bay, spray down the corners in the shower and kitchen once a week with a spritz of the water/beach or water/vinegar solution. Doing a little bit at a time will prevent future mold from coming back.