Black mold is a vicious fungus that readily occupies humid spots in the home. It is commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, cellars, and attics, even in the cleanest, neatest homes. Regular exposure to this type of mold can lead to respiratory issues and allergic reactions, which is why it is necessary to regularly inspect your home and clean any moldy spots that might occur.
Black mold removal can feel like a never-ending battle, especially if you have problems with air circulation and humidity in your home. Using harsh chemicals to remove it might seem like a good idea, considering how persistent black mold can be, but these chemicals are also harmful to you, your family, and pets. By trying to solve one air quality problem, you might create another, which is why it is advised to opt for natural, non-toxic solutions instead of aggressive chemicals. While there are a few natural remedies for black mold removal, it’s important to always contact a professional for optimal mold removal in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and beyond. But before the professional arrives, here are three natural products found in every household that can help you remove black mold without depleting the air quality in your home.
Baking soda is such a versatile and effective substance, it is no surprise that it is a necessary part of every home cleaning kit. Aside from removing stains and bad odours, baking soda can be also used for removing molds. Mix 1 part baking soda and 1 part water, stir the mixture until it becomes a paste, and apply it to the moldy area. This paste should be used as an abrasive, so take a brush (an old toothbrush works very well) to scrape the dark spots. After you have finished removing the spots, spray the entire previously infested area with a mixture of water and baking soda (1 tbsp of baking soda per 1 cup of water) and leave it to dry. It will serve as a protective layer to prevent mold development in the future.
Vinegar is also a very common household item that can be used for black mold removal. Its antimicrobial qualities make it a powerful natural cleaning solution. If you want to use vinegar to remove mold, pour undiluted white vinegar into a spray bottle and apply it generously over the affected area. Use disposable cloth to wipe away the stains.
This is also an excellent solution for stopping mold growth in your home, and it can be even used on porous materials, such as furniture. Add 1 part of 3% H2O2 to 2 parts water and spray the mixture over the contaminated area. After 10 minutes, grab a brush or a toothbrush and remove the mold. Wipe the scraped mold with a disposable cloth and let the area dry.
*Note: Natural remedies work the best when they are applied early - when first signs of mold start to appear. Make sure to inspect your home regularly, especially after heavy storms.
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If the molds have spread onto a larger area and infested hard-to-reach spots, DIY methods of removal are very likely to be inefficient. Molds can get very deep into the building material, and regrow after the top layer of the colony is removed. In these cases, the best solution is to contact a professional for mold removal in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and beyond. The experienced staff of Inch by Inch Inspections will make sure that all traces of mold are removed from your home, and give you professional advice on how to avoid its return in the future. If you are looking for a trusted, friendly inspector, reach out to Inch by Inch today and schedule your inspection.