We have all had to deal with mildew at some point in our lives, whether it is on our clothes, our bathrooms or on some old favorite toy of ours. While this pesky malady can be annoying to get rid of, it can be quite easy to remove if a few simple rules are followed. Here we will be discussing the different ways to prevent and get rid of mildew on various surfaces. But first, let us find out what mildew actually is.
Mildew refers to particular forms of fungi and molds. While mildew can also occur in plants, household varieties can thrive on materials such as clothing, leather, ceilings, walls, floors, and any area where there is a lack of moisture control. Stachybotrys chartarum is black mold or mildew that is usually found on bathroom walls and other areas exposed to high levels of moisture. These microscopic organisms digest materials by emitting certain enzymes that decompose the material they infest. The damage caused by mildew depends on the extent to which you allow it to continue and the measures you take to reduce the effects of the damage.
There are quite a few preventative measures that can be employed to prevent and control the spread of mold and mildew in modern house plans. One of the major preventative measures is to keep all areas as clean as possible, because clean surfaces are less likely to grow mildew than dirty or soiled objects. Allow as much light into your house as possible; this helps to inactivate mold and prevents it from reproducing. Also ensure that the area is well ventilated as this allows the air to circulate more. Moving air helps to remove moisture build-up, which allows mildew to thrive. Chemicals such as silica can also help to keep moisture levels to a minimum without destroying your valuable items. Keeping humidity levels down also assists in preventing the occurrence of mold, as warm air is more conducive to the growth of mold than cold air. Drying out air by using humidifiers or air conditioners can aid in preventing the spread of mildew.
For areas that are already plagued by mildew, such as walk-in bathtubs that are in constant contact with water, try removing the mildew by scrubbing down the walls with a bathroom cleaner such as chlorine bleach. However, if this method fails, you may choose to replace the old tiles with tiles that are strengthened with latex. For double bathroom vanities that do not have an anti-mildew varnish and faucets, the same method of cleaning can be used. It is best to use a mixture of chlorine with water, vinegar, or lemon juice and salt. This solution can also be used on clothing and other household fabrics. For furniture, gently wipe a clean cloth with a small amount of alcohol over the surface to remove mildew stains. For walls and ceilings, you may choose to add a mildewcide to your paint before painting the surfaces. You may also choose to store your firewood outside to prevent the excess moisture that can be emitted by wood.
These are some of the best ways to prevent and treat mold and mildew in and around the house. So, if you are tired of that musty smell, get rid of it and ensure that you, your family, and your valuables are kept free from irritating and destructive mildew.
Abby Evans is an avid blogger, designer and recent proud homeowner. She loves studying architecture, home design and decor, and furniture on Pinterest.com. She is gathering plans to one day buy a custom house plan to build her dream home.