Drywall molding can cause serious problems such as respiratory. It is also dangerous to other health conditions. The mold should be removed as soon as possible after you notice it. Mold on drywall happens when moisture present constantly. Mold spores will attach to the paper that facing the drywall and it becomes a food source for mold. Then the mold colony will propagate and grows there. When you don’t remove mold spores on drywall for a long time then it can be harmful. Before removing the mold, it’s better to consider consulting a specialist in mold removal to know the type of mold spores which is present on the drywall.
But if you don’t have a time or money to counseling, then there are some methods that you can use to remove the mold. The method used here varies depend on whether your drywall is coated or not. If it is, then the cleaning process will be easier because you just use water and you can hire a cleaning agent that will work for it. If it is not, then your drywall which affected by mold must be removed since it is too leaky to clean. Before cleaning, remember to always wear a glove and face mask.
1. Open the windows and doors.
When you remove the mold, you have to use chemical cleaners. Many of the cleaners can be harmful to your breathing. So you should keep the room well ventilated by keeping the windows and doors open as you clean. Never use a fan in any kind in the room or you will certainly spread the mold everywhere. You can use a fan by placed it only in windows that facing outward so it can push bad air outdoors. Use plastic to seal off the doors to avoid spreading the mold spores in any other area of your home.
2. Protect anything in the surrounding area
This step is to prevent any potential damage that can cause accidentally spill cleaners or chemical liquid. Remove or protect everything that you don’t use on working with directly. You have to remove furniture and decoration in the surrounding area. It’s better if you remove it out of the room completely. As for the floor, you can cover it with plastic drop cloth or newsprint and tape it in place.
3. Choose the cleaning agent that fit your condition
Cleaning agent can be mild and potent. It includes both natural and chemical alternatives. Consider the condition in your house before choosing cleaning agent. It is recommended to use a milder, natural cleaning agent over a powerful chemical one if you have children and pets in your home. But if the mold is worse, you can choose a stronger chemical cleaning agent. For mild cleaning agent, you can mix one part baking soda with five parts water. If you want stronger yet still natural cleaning agent, then use vinegar and mix it with water in equal amount. Another option is unscented detergent. Mix detergent with a small amount of water as the cleaning agent which still safe for children and pet in your home.
4. Prepare the cleaning agent
After you choose the cleaning agent, then add it to a spray bottle. If you use the chemical one, then pour the cleansing agent and add water into the spray bottle and shake it so it can combine well. You have to check whether the cleaning agent is thoroughly combined to make sure its effectiveness.
5. Spray the cleaning agent onto the mold
Spray a small amount and try to not drench the area. Since the moisture from the cleaning agent can increase the mold problem rather than remove it. Just spray it once or twice onto the mold. Each area should be covered by the cleaning agent.
6. Scrub the area
Use the old toothbrush to scrub the area. You can also use a dish sponge which has the rough side. Scrub it until the mold is no longer visible.
7. Dry the area
Use a fan on the area to dry it so the mold doesn’t start developed.
8. Apply a stain-blocking paint.
Apply it only when the stain is existing after you remove the drywall molding.