Black mold is the most dangerous and toxic mold. Also known as Stachybotrys Atra, species of Toxic Mold that can grow in houses and can threaten the health of humans and pets. It is critical when removing the mold to do it safely using goggles, masks, gloves and opt to use natural cleaning alternatives.
Creekbend Property Management has provided several green cleaning suggestions to combat mold without using highly toxic and harmful cleaning agents like bleach and ammonia.
WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR– It has mild acidic properties and it is an anti-bacterial agent; prefect for moldy bathrooms and kitchen sinks!
- No mixing necessary! Pour straight into spray bottle or onto disposal towel and wipe onto moldy area and allow drying for an hour or so.
MIX VINEGAR AND BORAX FOR TOUGH STAINS- Combine ½ cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of Borax and 1 quart of water, shake or mix solution, apply the mixture, scrub with brush, wipe away debris. If the stains persist, repeat process.
BAKING SODA– A superb alternative to bleach and ammonia, baking soda eliminates black mold and its odors!
- Small jobs can be addressed by mixing 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 cups of water; pour into spray bottle, shake, spray infected area and wipe with old towel or disposable towel.
- If stain persists, scour the area with tiny brush and reapply solution and allow to dry. This will leave protection in place to prevent recurrence of mold growth.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE- Another great alternative to chlorinated bleach! It does not leave a toxic residue after use and is an antiviral, antifungal, AND anti-bacterial agent. Unlike bleach, hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove mold from porous materials such as clothing and walls.
- Mix a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part hydrogen peroxide pour into spray bottle for quick application and wipe with old towel or disposable towel.
- If stain persists, scrub lightly with small brush and allow the solution to sit for 10 minutes, wipe away debris and allow surface to dry.
BORAX– A popular chemical used in many household products such as fungicides, herbicides and cleaners, Borax deodorizes, cleans and disinfects.
- Mix solution of 1 cup borax to 1 gallon of water mix well, pour into container. Spray or wipe on the contaminated area.
- Scrub the area thoroughly with small brush and wipe away loosened mold. DO NOT RINSE! The remaining borax will continue to work for you as a disinfectant and deodorizer.
- Allow to air-dry or repeat process if necessary.
TEA TREE OIL– A natural fungicide, renowned for its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Tea Tree oil is not as cheap as white vinegar, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide. However, a small amount will go a long way in effectively getting rid of black mold.
- Combine 1 teaspoon of Tea Tree oil to 1 cup of water, pour into spray bottle and shake thoroughly. Spray onto infected area and wipe clean with old towel.
- As a mold prevention measure, apply the tree oil to tile grout or around faucet handles and spouts and leave to dry.
Creekbend Property Management recommends repairing any leaks due to pipes or damaged roof before removing the mold. If the mold growth is greater than 3 feet or if you have allergies or asthma, you will need to hire a professional mold removal service. You want to be certain that the mold is completely removed and will not come back.
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