That thing called mold
Mold and mildew can prop up anywhere. Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms and can be black, white, orange, green, or purple. Mildew, similar to mold, but more easily manageable is a surface fungi typically white or grey lying on the surface of a moist area. Both are keen on warm, moist areas but are treatable.
There are tried and tested stain removal techniques that you can make use of and certain chemicals that act as effective stain removers on certain surfaces that are afflicted by mold or mildew. Once you’ve identified the material that has mold or mildew on it, you can follow some tips mentioned here. These are to remove mold and mildew stains as guidelines for a cleaner space! Mold and mildew can crop up on the following:
- Non-washable fabrics like carpet (synthetic or woolen), fiberglass, silk, wool, rayon, and so on.
- Washable material like acrylic, linen, cotton, spandex, nylon, and polyester.
- Surfaces in the home such as cork, bamboo, cane, linoleum, tile, vinyl, vinyl wall covering.
- Grout and ceramic tiles.
- Wooden material and surfaces.
- Suede and leather.
Get mold off non-washable fabrics
When you want to get mold off non-washable fabrics like carpet, fiberglass, and the like, it’s easy to do so using a mold removal solution. First, use a stiff-bristled brush to get any dry mold off – rub on the stain very gently. Then use a “flush” method to separate the dirt from the cloth. Use a cleaning solution like Advanced Cleaning Solution Plus. This contains effective stain-removing chemicals. Now you can scrape, very lightly, or pat the stain with a damp cloth of dry spotter. Follow up with Anasphere Plus or X70, as a disinfectant and protective barrier. If you want to know how to remove stains from washable fabrics, it’s as easy as pie! Mold and mildew come off these with normal dry cleaning.
Stain removal from household surfaces
Stain remover suppliers will agree that getting rid of stains from household surfaces is a common issue for most people. To eliminate mildew and mold stains from bamboo, cork, vinyl tile, and other surfaces in your home, first, wipe the stain with warm water dipped in soap suds. You could add a few drops of ammonia to the sudsy water before you do this. This is an effective chemical stain remover. Rinse it with water and let it dry through.
Getting mold off grout and tile
Ask any homemaker, and they’ll tell you that getting mold off tile is the easiest mold removal thing to do. You can apply a mildew stain remover available at most stores, or an easier way is to use a bar of soap. Dampen the stain with a wet cloth and then rub a bar of soap on it. Don’t use fragrant soap. Rinse well and blot excess liquid. Remove from grout in the same way.
Suede and leather stain removers
Don’t be afraid to try this; it works. Rub the stain with petroleum jelly. In case the stain persists, sponge the area very lightly with equal parts water and rubbing alcohol. If your product is colorfast, don’t do this. On leather, you can use a leather cleaner or saddle soap.
Wood and stain removal
Obliterating mildew stains from wood is simple. It is one of the easiest mold removal solutions. Use a solution of five tablespoons of washing soda to a gallon of water. Dip a clean cotton cloth in this. Apply on the stain and gently wipe it off. Rinse with a clean cloth and polish or wax the surface as soon as it’s dry.
When it comes to mold, some people think that bleach will do the job. This is simply not true. Bleach neutralizes quickly, so it doesn’t have adequate time to completely wipe out the organisms. By the time the smell is gone, so is the ability to kill microbes. And ironically, as it neutralizes, bleach leaves behind its main ingredient.. water. Which gives the microbes even more of what they need to survive. The Anabec products work on a microscopic level to remove unwanted microbes from surfaces, and helps prevent them from returning.
It is advised to have a post-mold remediation inspection to ensure that the surfaces are mold-free. Anabec’s product suite is designed in properly cleaning mold affected areas while protecting surfaces from future mold growth. Contact us today to find the right product for you.