How to Detect and Remove Mold from Bathroom and Kitchen Walls
Mold is a thing which you would never want to see on your bathroom or kitchen walls. It is a kind of fungus which develops from airborne spores. Almost every house gets mold in one time and it is a little bit tricky to get rid of them. We know that mold occurs in the areas of higher humidity; this means that kitchen and bathroom are the places which are most prone to mold. And surprisingly, news buildings get it more often compared to the older ones.
In this article, we are going to tell how you can detect and remove molds from your bathroom and kitchen walls and how to prevent them coming back. Take a pen and paper, here we go!
How to Detect Mold
If you see one of these we list below, it means that some little creatures are sharing your house
Green, brown or even black sports on the walls (the most obvious sign)
Cracked or peeling paint (mold generally causes the paint to be peeled off)
Bad, musty, damp smell
The Places Most Prone To Mold
The places where humidity level is higher are more prone to mold. These places are mainly bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms etc. Mold is particularly seen on grout lines or shower walls since these places are generally wet. Also, mold grow where there is (or has been) a water leak. Therefore you need to take a good look at cupboards under the sinks which are again very prone to mold.
6 Effective Ways of Preventing Mold
- Buy an anti-mildew product: The products like anti-microbial spray or cream might help you remove and prevent the mold spores from settling again. Also you can find anti-mildew paint in your local store. Vinegar based bathroom and floor cleaners are effective for killing mold spores.
- Install an electric de-humidifier in the areas prone to mold: This method will provide a long term solution for mold removal. Since the cause is humid, you need to take care of the cause and prevent it.
- Sometimes insulation is the root of problem: It is not uncommon for a bad insulation to be the root of the mold problem. If the walls and ceilings are properly insulated, they will be less affected by condensation, in other words mold.
- Keep bathrooms and kitchens very well ventilated: Keep these areas as dry as possible. Leave the doors open after you take a shower or open the windows after you cook something in the kitchen.
- Do not leave the shower curtains or towels wet: Do not throw the wet and dirty clothes and towels directly into the laundry basket. Let them dry first. And spread the shower curtain to allow it to dry.
- Tackle the leaks once you realize them: If you tackle the leaks as soon as possible, you prevent the moisture from seeping into cavities and under floors, which are the reasons of mold.
In a large cup, mix 2 tablespoons of borax, ¼ cup of vinegar and 2 cups of hot water. But make sure that you do not inhale it and you wear rubber gloves. Stir this mixture until the borax is completely dissolved. Pour it into a spray bottle and apply it on the entire wall (including the spots where you cannot see any stain). Scrub well and wipe clean. Spray one more time and wait at least ten minutes before wiping dry. If it grows back, you might want to use bleach and water mixture. Again you do not inhale it and you wear rubber gloves.