Mold grows pretty much everywhere if the conditions are right. Wherever there is dampness, whether caused by a leak, humidity, or condensation, you’re at risk of mold spores blossoming and multiplying. The most common places to find mold include the bathroom, kitchen, and basement. Fighting it can be a never-ending battle.
If the mold isn’t too widespread, then you may be able to tackle it yourself using a few household items. Here are three solutions that will clean mold from drywall in most situations, all of which you can mix in just a few minutes. I will also identify two other methods that look like they work, but really don’t.
Ideal solutions for cleaning mold from drywall
Vinegar is a real enemy of mold. It kills more than 80% of all known mold spores. However, it works best when used on non-porous surfaces. Use a spray bottle to cover the affected area and clean well using a cloth or brush. Dry thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth.
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural antiseptic, but can also be used as a mouthwash, tooth whitener, and hair dye. And it’s pretty effective when used to clean mold from drywall, too. Again, you can use a spray bottle to apply a 3% solution. Wait ten minutes, and wipe down.
A word of warning: remember that hydrogen peroxide is used as a hair dying agent – it can discolor some surfaces, so always do a patch test first.
Baking soda is a great cleaning agent to use because it’s safe for children and pets. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with eight ounces of water, spray and watch the foam appear. Scrub it off and see the mold and stains removed.
Solutions that will only do half the job
A solution of bleach – not really great on drywall
Great for non-porous surfaces, but it won’t penetrate deep into your drywall because bleach doesn’t penetrate porous surfaces. What you might find is that the water seeps in, creating more moisture on the inside to promote mold growth. It will look like you’ve done the job for a few days, perhaps weeks, and then the mold will probably return with a vengeance.
The main ingredient in bleach is also the main ingredient in a number of expensive professional mold cleansers. Simply mix one cup of bleach with a gallon of warm water, and use a spray bottle to apply to the drywall. Scrub and dry thoroughly.
Another solution that’s better for non-porous surfaces is a one-to-one mix of ammonia and water. Like bleach, though, ammonia won’t seep into drywall.
Tackle the causes of mold to stop it reappearing
Once you’ve cleaned the mold from your drywall, if you don’t take the correct precautions to stop it reappearing all your effort will have been in vain. Keep the room well ventilated and moisture free:
- Open windows and curtains to let air and light in
- Place a couple of dehumidifiers in the room and empty them regularly
- Repair all leaks
- Stop the kids leaving damp towels on the floor
Do you want more tips on getting rid of mold in your home? Contact us today – we’re available 24/7 – and we’ll be happy to help.