Mold can appear in a home for several reasons. Bathrooms and bedrooms are often damp areas where mold appears. Health problems, such as respiratory issues, infectious skin lesions, and allergic reactions, can begin to affect individuals in a home infested with mold and mildew. Therefore, you should clean your walls, ceilings, and other parts of your home to remove any mold. There are four main steps to remove mold quickly.
Find the Spots and Evacuate All Furniture from the Area
The first thing you need to do is find the molds’ spot and see how many are already there. Then, it would help if you acted quickly to prevent the infestation from growing. Sometimes it can be seen in green, black or white but sometimes you can smell it. To locate hidden spots as well, use a mold detection kit available at local home improvement stores. Next, when you begin removing popcorn ceilings, be sure to remove all furniture from the room. The last thing you need is for paint (and possibly asbestos) to get on your furniture.
Clean the Mold With a Bleach and Borax Mixture
After you remove any furniture from the work area, you need to peel the plastic off each wall and then roll the edges up when you get to the door. From the moment you get to the door, you will need to have a large piece of plastic along with a clean area. After that, you can destroy the actual mold. It is essential to get rid of it as soon as possible, but be sure to use protective gloves and face protection such as a mask. It’s worth mentioning that you should not touch the mold or try to cover up the mold by painting the affected areas, as the spores will likely continue to multiply.
Get Rid of the Eradicated Spots
It would be best if you cleaned the newly eradicated areas. To do so, you should cut away any wet, contaminated wood or plaster to completely remove the mold. If you have left grooves in the drywall due to scraping, use a sponge to sand the area lightly. You can then apply some stucco (also called drywall mud or drywall putty) to the damaged areas and then smooth it out with a trowel. You should take a look at your ceiling and then cover any uneven areas, such as nail heads or tiles, that may need an additional layer of sand. If you’re using a cold, textured surface, such as stippling or knockdown, this sanding step can be skipped.
Do Preventive Tips
After you finished clean the walls or ceiling that had been infected by molds, you should do some preventive tips. First, you need to find the source and fix it so it is no longer a problem. Be proactive to protect the area from potential problems. Broken or loose pipes should be repaired or replaced, a leaky roof should be waterproofed, and all cracks and crevices should be sealed. If you live in a very humid area, you may need to invest in a humidifier to remove moisture from your environment. If you have a mold problem that seems quite extensive, it can be an excellent idea to have an expert specializing in these issues look into the hypotheticals. A professional will know the many best practices for eradication and elimination.