Mold in Homes: Removal Methods and Professional Assistance

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic risks of mold in the home, plus a few common methods to remove it. Mold is harmful to both human health and aesthetics, but there are several tactics both homeowners and house cleaners can take to remedy mold growths.

At Healthy Homes Housekeeping, our varied house cleaning services include several mold remediation solutions, whether we’re performing basic weekly cleaning, deep cleaning or any of our other programs. What are some of the other simple removal methods that might be available to you if mold is present in your home? Here are a few to consider.

Baking Soda for Mold Removal

Baking soda is another good option for mold removal, one with a great pH balance that allows it to kill mold without being dangerous to people or pets. Sprinkle some baking soda on the mold, then scrub it in and rinse it off. From here, perform this same process again, but leave the baking soda there for roughly 30 minutes to an hour. After that time, just sweep or vacuum it away. It’s as simple as that!

Borax for Mold Removal

If you have a big job ahead of you when you’re removing mold, borax can be another great solution. Borax is mineral that essentially dehydrates mold, so you can just leave it there for a few hours to do its thing. Use as much borax as necessary in order to cover the areas afflicted with mold, and then let it dry completely before removing.

Tea Tree Oil for Mold Removal

In other cases, you might consider using tea tree oil, which is a highly effective fungicide, and one that’s considered safe for both humans and pets. Simply mix a small amount of tea tree oil with water, and then apply the mixture to your moldy areas. If you’d like, you can use a spray bottle to mist it on as well.

Leave it be for a few hours before wiping it clean or scrubbing it off with a mild detergent. We recommend using an old toothbrush or soft-bristle brush to get the mold out of any small areas. If you do not have tea tree oil in your home, it can usually be found in health food stores or online.

When Professional Assistance is Required

In some cases, even your best efforts using the DIY methods we’ve gone over here will not be effective. Some mold growths are so significant that they will not respond to these attempts — and in these cases, it’s prudent to call our team for professional mold removal and remediation services.

For more on mold removal and prevention in your home, or to learn about any of our deep cleaning, move-out cleaning or other services, speak to the staff at Healthy Homes Housekeeping today.