Tips on Removing Mold on Walls

Mold on walls can be one of the easiest cleanups that you will face, but it is possible that it may be one of the more involved cleanups as well. There are some determining factors that you can consider when assessing the situation you are faced with and planning the appropriate mold treatment.

The first consideration in situations where there is mold on walls is what the wall is made of. If it is a smooth, hard, non-porous material you are in luck. Most walls in the United States of America do not resemble that though.

You may be faced with drywall or wood paneling. These pose different difficulties, but the process may still be simpler than you think. If the wall is porous you may need to determine where the mold is coming from.

At this point you should consider first whether anyone in the house is experiencing problems that may be related to mold exposure. If they are you should probably contact professionals. If no one is experiencing problems and there is only a little mold problem you can probably clean it yourself.

There is possibility though that the mold is coming from inside your wall especially if you have dry walls.

How to get rid of mold on walls

To clean mold on walls you will use a three part process. The first step is to clean the second to disinfect and the third to treat or rinse and dry. Each step will have to be adapted to the particulars of your wall, but the intent should be carried out consistently.

You will need to plan your process and choose the chemicals before determining which safety equipment you need.  Even with small amounts of mold you should protect your nose and mouth, your eyes and your skin. In addition the chemicals that you use may have a number of special precautions, such as ventilation.

To begin you will clean. The first step should be to moisten the mold. This limits the spread of spores while you clean. You may be able to scrape the excess mold off if the surface is suitable. If not you may need to begin with a firm brush. Once the excess is removed you should use a suitable cleaner to scrub the area.

Keep in mind that you will need to choose chemicals that can be used together. It is important that you remove mold but clean the surrounding area as well. Some materials may require sanding to remove all of the mold.

Another recommendation is to allow your cleaner to soak into the material after the initial cleaning. Wait for approximately half an hour and then reapply the cleaner.

After the cleaning is complete disinfecting begins. Some prefer a vinegar-base other use a bleach-base. Some individuals have concerns about the bleach reacting with the mold to create a caustic gas. This should be applied to the area using a new brush.

After the initial application of the disinfectant consider applying a disinfectant soak depending on the surface that you are working on. Wait for half an hour and apply again.

Bleach alone will not kill mold on walls

The final step has two approaches. The intention here is to prevent the growth of mold on walls and protect the integrity of the wall. One approach involves rinsing the area with water and then drying the area quickly. The other approach involves the application of a borate-based detergent solution to the area and leaving it there.

Your choice may depend on whether your wall is a visible wall and what effect the detergent may have on the appearance of the wall. Of course, you also need to think about mold control for the future.

You should check the area periodically after the cleaning. If the mold continually comes back, especially if you have eliminated possible sources of moisture, the visible mold on walls may be coming from inside the walls.