Mold is not just a minor nuisance but also a potential health threat in any home. While it can grow in any damp area, walls are highly susceptible to mold formation and the problem can escalate to dangerous levels quite quickly. Below are information on the best way to clean and get rid of mold on walls.
Best Way to Clean and Get Rid of Mold on Walls (Painted)
There is no need to ruin your painted wall when removing mold and/or preventing its recurrence. It is important to start with a mild but effective approach, with the use of borax-vinegar-water solution. All you need are the following:
- 2-3 tablespoons of borax
- 1/4 cup white vinegar or 1/2 cup sugar cane vinegar
- 2 cups or hot water (just cool enough to be placed in a spray bottle without melting the plastic)
Be sure to mix all the ingredients effectively in a bowl before pouring it into a spray bottle. As part of the preparation, be sure to put on thick rubber gloves in order to avoid direct contact with the mold as well as the cleaning solution. It would also be prudent to put on a face mask while cleaning the wall.
Spray the entire wall generously and scrub the surface vigorously. Do not leave an inch untouched to make sure the mold has been scrubbed off. After which, spray the wall for a second time and leave it on for 15-20 minutes prior to wiping the surface dry.
You may also use a combination of warm water (2 cups) and bleach (1/4 cup), with the same application.
Best Way to Clean and Get Rid of Mold on Walls (Drywall)
Using a utility knife, cut out any part of the drywall that has mold on it. You may need to cut out an area that covers two wood beams or more behind the drywall. This would allow you to properly replace the drywall afterwards.
Best Way to Clean and Get Rid of Mold on Walls (Carpeted)
The only effective way of dealing with mold infestation on a carpeted wall is to remove the entire carpet. Prior to replacing the carpet with a new one, be sure that the area is clean and devoid of any moisture to prevent recurrence.
Preventive measures are important in order to avoid mold on walls in the future. Here are some tips:
- Always inspect wall surfaces especially during wet weather. Be sure to pat the wall dry using cloth (preferably microfiber for maximum absorption.
- Attempt to lower your home’s internal humidity by using A/C few hours every day. This is especially helpful if you live somewhere naturally humid during the entire year.
- To prevent mold on bathroom walls, install and regular use exhaust fans or air out the bathroom after every use.
What to Use?
If the borax/bleach-vinegar-water combo does not work, you might want to consider using Spray Bottle Mold Killer Bioneutral Ygiene 206 Fungicide, Sporicide, and Mold Killing Solution.
This is a ready-to-use formula designed to effectively tackle mold and other types of fungi in your home. It is an EPA approved sterilant (sterilizes surfaces) and kills not only mold but also fungus and Ebola