When you move into a house, you might be delighted at the low price that you were able to get, but not so delighted by the black mould that you might find in an unfinished basement. If you have children, you will probably not want to expose them to the chemicals that are usually used to get rid of black mould. Instead, try these three natural methods to get rid of the unsightly mould and start turning your house into a home.
1. Try Using Ammonia
If you are looking at the mould and realize that the majority of it is on a hard surface that isn't porous, such as tile or concrete, then you will want to use ammonia to get rid of it. You want to use ammonia on hard surfaces because it is not able to effectively penetrate the smaller holes in a porous surface. In order to use ammonia, take a spray bottle and fill half of it with clear ammonia, which can be purchased from a hardware store or from a grocery store. Then, fill the other half of the bottle with water. Thoroughly spray the solution on any mould that you see, as well as any areas that are within two inches of the mould. Allow the solution to sit on the mould for two to three hours. Then, take a roll of paper towels and start to wipe up the mould. Make sure that you are wearing gloves. If you find that the mold starts to grow back, before it grows to much, spray it with the solution again and clean it up.
2. Attempt to Use Baking Soda
Another option is to use baking soda in order to get through to the porous surfaces, such as granite. In order to use baking soda to get rid of mould, first fill up a spray bottle with water. Then, add a quarter of a tablespoon to the spray bottle and shake the bottle to mix the solution thoroughly. Spray down the area that has the mould. Allow the solution to sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. Then, scrub away the mould using a sponge. Spray the newly cleaned area and allow the solution to sit overnight to make sure that all of the mould is dead.
3. Give Borax a Shot
Finally, you can use borax to clean up mould by mixing one cup of borax per gallon of water that you are using. Vacuum the mold to reduce the number of spores that might take flight while you are cleaning. Place a sponge into the borax and water solution and use it to start scrubbing the mould away. Once all the mould is gone, add a final layer of borax and water solution to make sure that the mold does not come back.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in black mould remediation (for example, Clean Air Services Inc offers mould remediation services).Share