Are you interested in mold and mildew prevention of floors and other surfaces? Mold and mildew are often considered to be the same thing, but, actually, mildew is a type of mold. Mold is a living organism, or fungi, that reproduces by creating mold clusters. The clusters are what you see in your home or building. Mildew is not necessarily visible, rather, it is primarily marked by its unpleasant odor. Mold is usually slimy and fuzzy while mildew, once matured, is dry, looks powdery and can be a variety of different colors. In order to grow, mildew requires the following three things:
1. An organic food source
2. Minimal light
Mildew is found in both residential and commercial settings including areas like showers, kitchens, basements, bed mattresses, stairwells, and garages. The risks associated with mold can be severe. Respiratory conditions can be created or exacerbated. It can create joint pain and some research suggests it can contribute to heart problems.
One of the best forms of prevention is to properly ventilate wet areas. In addition, living and working spaces should not exceed 50% RH. Dehumidifiers can be used, in conjunction with A/C systems to reduce the amount of moisture in the air. If there are water leaks they should be fixed promptly and any damp fabrics or other areas should be properly dried.
If, instead of hiring a professional, you are interested in tackling the problem directly it is important to consider the following. When working with mold or mildew it is important to wear a respirator or other protective equipment to avoid health complications. The use of goggles, long sleeves and other PPE is also recommended. While working around mold and mildew it is important to have proper ventilation or, ideally, fresh air to reduce the concentration of mold spores as they are aerosalized during the removal process. Open windows and exterior doors to assist with this. Toss any surface or material that can reasonably be removed, don’t just cover it up with paint! There are commercial cleaners on the market designed for mold remediation, or, you can use a 10% bleach solution, 22% solution of Hydrogen Peroxide or white vinegar to assist in the process. Apply the cleaners and allow them to dwell for at least 15 minutes before you wipe surfaces clean.
1. It seals all of the pores on a given surface. This includes concrete, tile, grout, vinyl, wood and drywall.
2. It prevents moisture penetration by creating a moisture barrier on surfaces.
3. It is inorganic, thereby eliminating a food source for mold and mildew to grow and duplicate.
4. It is much easier to clean so there is less residue such as soaps, dirt and other organic materials in which mold can grow.
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