Cleaning Mold and Mildew from Your Home

In Chicago and surrounding areas, rain and wet weather are common throughout the year. Heavy moisture in your home can lead to mold and mildew growth – a fungus that grows on various surfaces. You’ve probably seen the effects of mold and mildew in your bathroom in some form. It is not only unattractive to look at, but it can also lead to health problems if left untreated.

Why is Mold and Mildew Bad?

In addition to how unsightly mold and mildew are, they can also lead to odors. If left untreated, mold can cause health issues for anyone exposed to it on a day-to-day basis. People that are sensitive to allergens or with a suppressed immune system can experience throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation, skin irritation, and trouble breathing. Even those that are not sensitive to allergies can start to experience respiratory problems if not treated properly.

How to Clean Mold and Mildew

Getting ready to clean up mold and mildew can be challenging. While it can be safe to start the process, it is always best to call in a professional mold remediation service like the professionals at McMahon Services. To start the process yourself, you need to know how to treat different surfaces.

1. Hard surfaces:

Hard surfaces like wood, glass, or metal can be cleaned using a gallon of water mixed with one cup of bleach. Using a clean rag or scrub brush and rubber gloves, scrub away the mold and mildew from the surface. Be sure to work with windows open and wear a mask if you experience respiratory problems. Make sure the surface is completely dried after cleaning – and use a fan to speed up the process if necessary.

2. Grout:

Grout and tile can be cleaned through the water and bleach method, but can also handle water and vinegar. Using a small brush or an old toothbrush, scrub away the mold and mildew. You can add a paste of baking soda and water to help remove the stains as well.

3. Fabrics:

Fabrics are best treated by running them through the hot water setting of your washer. Bleach can ruin dyed fabrics, so stay away from it. Add one cup of vinegar to your regular detergent and wash the fabrics as usual. For spot cleaning fabrics that will not fit in your washer, cover the area with lemon and salt. Let this sit for 30 minutes before applying clean water from a water bottle and wash the mixture away.

Prevent Mold and Mildew

Avoiding mold and mildew are the best ways to keep everyone in the household safe from these issues. Start to recognize the signs of mildew before it forms.

  • Any leaks in your roof or ceilings should be addressed immediately. Remember, mold and mildew feed off of high moisture areas.
  • Install exhaust fans in your bathrooms, kitchens, and any other areas with high humidity in your home.
  • Test your humidity level and purchase a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels below 50%.
  • Clean and dry any damp areas following a flood or leak. Call McMahon Services to help with water damage clean up to avoid mold from forming after a flood or water leak.

Black mold clean-up is best left to the professionals. At McMahon Services, we work to find the source of the mold problem and fix the issue before we even start the mold remediation service. We will set up borders to keep cross-contamination of mold spores to a minimum, set up HEPA filters, vacuum, and dry and treat the area with professional-grade equipment.

Call McMahon Services and Construction at 847-566-4568 for your restoration and construction needsCall us to schedule an appointment for a free mold damage estimate.