Topic: “Black Mold Removal“. Black mold can occur in all places exposed to moisture. It is different from most other molds in the sense that it is much more toxic and hence dangerous if found growing in your home. Black molds generally feed on organic materials found in dry walls, insulations, and carpets. Moist places are more prone to be a potential growth area.
There are the number of health risks associated with black molds because they release spores, which if inhaled, can cause coughing, fatigue, headache, and irritation to eyes.
Prolonged exposure to these spores can cause bleeding in lungs and nose, nausea and vomiting. Any signs of black mold in your home must, therefore, be dealt with immediately.
Although treatment of black molds can be costly, it is also usually very polluting to the environment. Here are 4 environment-friendly ways of killing black molds.
How to Remove Black Mold:
Killing with Ammonia:
Ammonia is an effective agent when treating black molds on non-porous surfaces such as sanitary fittings like bathroom sinks, shower cabinets etc. and kitchen counters.
Ammonia is, although, cheap but it doesn’t ensure treatment on non-porous surfaces such as walls and hardboard because it does not penetrate into the material to kill the roots.
However, there are other methods more effective in treating such fungi growth. It must be noted that ammonia is a toxic agent and a skin/eye irritant, it must not be used in enclosed spaces. Be sure to open nearby windows while using it to eliminate molds.
Killing with Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used as an antiseptic for years. Not all tea tree oils treat black molds. Be sure to check active ingredients when buying from your local store, which should include terpinen and cineole.
Tea tree oil is a more expensive option as compared to ammonia, but it is much safer and convenient to use because it doesn’t go harsh on your lungs and skin.
It is ideal that you get a spray bottle which can directly be sprayed on the black mold but it’s entirely okay if you don’t. You can always soak the oil in a cloth and dab it on the mold. Once applied, leave the oil to dry and you should be good to go.
Killing with Vinegar
Killing black molds with vinegar is by far the cheapest and easiest way. If you’re having a serious mold situation then I’d recommend you use more intense agents but for small growth somewhere around the house, nothing is as inexpensive as vinegar.
Use it in a similar way as you use tea tree oils. Generously soak a towel or an absorbent cloth with vinegar and dab it on the molds.
If stains do not go then you can always use a vinegar and baking soda combination which works well to remove stains in all cases.
Killing with Baking Soda
Much like vinegar, baking soda is an inexpensive and effective way of getting rid of black molds around the house. Mix the baking soda with water in a 50/50 ratio and this should form a paste. It can then be directly applied to the mold and left to dry.
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