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You do all you can to keep your home clean, free of clutter, smelling great, and in good physical shape. In addition to these methods to take care of your home, you also want to protect your home from microscopic mildew spores that can sprout up in the form of mildew and mold growth. Here are some recommendations that you can put to use in your home cleaning maintenance to keep your home free of dangerous exposure of mildew and mold and clean it up when it occurs.
Understand the Mildew Cycle
When you are dealing with a potential for mildew growth within your home, it is best to understand how it occurs so you can fight it before it grows. Mildew needs a surface that contains moisture and is not in direct sunlight in order for it to sprout. And it needs some mildew spores to grow in this environment, which are virtually all around you in the air and on surfaces. Because mildew spores multiply so quickly, keeping your home environment free of moist, warm conditions and cleaning surfaces regularly is a great start to mildew growth prevention.
Keep Your Home Clean of Mildew
When you clean areas where moisture is present, be sure to wipe them down with a bleach and water solution or a full-strength white vinegar spray. Also, keep your home ventilated to the outside to reduce air moisture. Turn on a bathroom vent or open the window after showering, and run your stovetop vent when you are cooking on the stove, as cooking puts extra moisture into the air.
Remedy Mildew Problems
Next you will want to use the best treatments to get rid of mildew when you do find it growing. Sometimes, you may not even see it visibly growing, but you can smell its odor, such as in the bathroom or in wet fabrics. Use a hot wash cycle in the clothes washer and dry your clothes fully to get rid of the problem.
To clean household surfaces, such as painted walls, wood, tile, drywall, or fabrics, wipe off the mildew with a cleaning cloth and a cleaning mixture of 10 percent bleach or white vinegar. If you don't have a bleach solution, mix up your own with one part bleach to nine parts water and put it into a spray bottle. Use a disposable cleaning cloth that you can throw away after cleaning up mildew growth, as you don't want it to grow on the cloth or spread to other areas if you reuse it.
For a large mildew growth on surfaces or behind your drywall and in the structural walls, you should hire a professional mildew remediation company to fully clean up the area and dispose of the damaged surfaces.
To learn more, contact a resource like Central Penn Waterproofing.