If you see black mold in your home, it’s important that you take immediate actions to remove that black mold. Black mold can be very dangerous, as it can easily cause a number of health issues, while also damaging the structural integrity of your home.
In this guide, you are going to learn all about black mold, and all about how you can remove black mold. There are various ways that you can remove black mold, and you are going to learn about the different methods and how they work.
When you are finished reading this guide, you’ll know all about black mold, the effects of black mold, and how you can properly and effectively remove black mold from your home.
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What Is Black Mold?
Black mold is a mold substance that has a black color. Most mold is green, but black mold is black, which makes it fairly easy to identify.
Within this mold, there are spores that can be activated, if the mold is disturbed. Usually, these spores activate if you touch the black mold and try to rub it off, or if there are changes in the temperature and humidity of the space that the black mold is in.
When these spores activate, mycotoxins latch onto them. These mycotoxins move with the spores, and attach themselves to different surfaces within your home. The chemicals within these mycotoxins are incredibly dangerous, and they can lead to a variety of really nasty symptoms.
Some of the most common black mold symptoms have to do with your eyes and throat being irritated, feeling nauseous, coughing excessively, being chronically fatigued, and vomiting. If you have any of those symptoms, and you’ve come into contact with black mold or you suspect that you have, then you should go to a doctor as soon as you can.
Even if you aren’t dealing with any health-related symptoms, black mold is able to eat away at the materials that comprise your home. Materials such as wooden beams, wall panels, floorboards, among many others. If these materials are damaged, it can easily affect the entirety of your home, leading to various problems that can be very difficult, and expensive, to fix.
How Can You Identify Black Mold?
Most molds are green or a shade of gray. But, black mold is, as the name implies, black. If you see a mold substance that is a shade of black, or a very dark shade of green that looks a lot like black, then that’s black mold.
You can also identify black mold by its scent. It has a very musty odor and it smells a lot like mildew.
Most of the time, black mold makes its home in spaces that are warm and humid. The humidity allows the black mold to grow and thrive, due to the moisture. Basements, bathrooms, and attics are prime spaces for black mold to develop, since those spaces tend to be more warm and humid than the other spaces within your home.
How Can You Remove Black Mold?
To remove black mold, you have a number of different options. You’re going to learn about the best and most efficient of those options, in this section of the guide. But, before you are able to do that, it’s important that you take adequate steps to protect yourself.
Remember to wear either a respirator, or a face mask. You don’t want to be breathing in the black mold fumes, as those could easily lead to the symptoms described earlier in this guide. Make sure to also wear plastic gloves, since you really don’t want the mold on your hands
Take the time to seal off the area that you are removing the black mold from. This includes shutting the doors, blocking any vents, and ensuring that every opening within that space is covered, so that the black mold is unable to travel to other parts of your home.
When you’ve done that, it’s time for you to remove any moisture sources that the mold could be on, or could use. These include things like damp towels, chairs and couches that have been affected by the mold, clothing, rags, and any other material that the mold has either affected, or that has moisture on it.
Once you’ve finished doing all of those things, then you can begin removing the black mold from your home. It’s not a difficult process, and you can definitely do it on your own. But, do remember that removing black mold can take a little bit of time, depending on how much you need to remove.
What Kills Black Mold Naturally?
There are a variety of different natural solutions to killing black mold. But, out of all of those solutions, there are four that are especially useful.
Baking soda, vinegar, grapefruit seed extract, and tea tree oil. Those are great natural solutions for killing black mold, but they must be used in a particular way, in order for you to properly kill the black mold.
If you are using baking soda, you need to mix a bottle that is half-water, and half-baking soda. When you mix the two materials together, it forms a paste. Apply this paste to the affected area, and then wait for it to dry. When the paste is dry, you can use a sponge to remove the mold, and then a rag – that you will throw away – to remove whatever is left over.
But, one thing to remember is that baking soda is for lighter black mold stains. If you have a lot, this isn’t the best solution.
Vinegar is one of the most effective, and easiest, natural solutions for black mold. To use vinegar for the purpose of removing black mold, pour it onto a disposable towel. Make sure that the towel is soaked in vinegar, and then move the towel all across the space that is covered in black mold.
Move the towel all across the mold, and the vinegar will loosen up the mold, causing it to stick to the towel. Make sure to move it across every piece of mold, so that you can ensure it’s all gone. Then, throw away the towel.
To use grapefruit seed extract, pour some of it into a small spray bottle. And then, spray as much as you need onto the black mold. It will soak into the mold – this takes about ten-minutes, give or take – and when it’s done soaking in and drying, use a disposable towel to wipe off all of the mold.
If you want to use tea tree oil, you need to mix a teaspoon of it with a cup of water. When you mix the water and tea tree oil together, pour that mixture into a spray bottle. Spray it on the black mold, and then let the mixture soak into the black mold for a while. When a few minutes have passed, you can then use a towel to wipe down the black mold.
Those are the best and most effective natural solutions to removing black mold.
They all work very well, but sometimes they aren’t as effective as they could be. If you have a lot of black mold that is quite dense, and none of these natural solutions are doing a good job at removing that mold, then there are chemical solutions that you can consider.
What Are The Best Chemical Solutions For Killing Black Mold?
The two best chemical solutions for killing black mold are bleach, and ammonia. These are very powerful chemical substances that make it very easy to kill the black mold that you’re dealing with. But, you do need to be a little extra careful when using them, since they can be volatile.
If you are using bleach, make sure to wear your plastic gloves and a respirator. And, open up a window, so that the fumes won’t stay within the space you’re working in.
Take one-gallon of water, and pour exactly one cup of bleach into that water. Mix this cleaning solution up very thoroughly, so that everything is completely mixed in and you can’t tell what’s bleach and what is water.
Pour some of the cleaning solution into a spray bottle, and spray it onto the black mold. Then, using a strong brush or a towel, wipe it all down. The black mold will fall off into the towel.
If you want to use ammonia, you need to take a bottle and fill it up with half-water, and half-ammonia. Mix those two together very thoroughly, and then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray it onto the surfaces you need to clean, and then allow it to soak in and dry for at least five-minutes, but preferably ten. Then, using a light towel, gently wipe off the black mold.
While black mold is certainly not a fun substance to remove, it isn’t that hard to remove it. Regardless of which method you use, make sure to protect yourself and to follow the instructions exactly. If you do that, then your black mold problem will be over very quickly!