Mold and Mildew Remediation Techniques

Mildew on a white wall.
What You'll Need
Scrub brush
Sponge or mop
Dish soap
Hot water
Spray bottle
Measuring cup
Stirrer or painter's stick
Rubber gloves

For home mold and mildew, there are remediation techniques to address fungus growth. The below techniques describe various methods for resolving your mold and mildew problems.

Step 1 - Take Safety Precautions

For any mold and mildew remediation, it is wise to use safety precautions. Certain ingredients can give off unpleasant odors or fumes. Take proper safety precautions by ventilating the area. Turning on fans, an air conditioner or opening windows will reduce harmful or unpleasant effects. Use rubber gloves when coming into contact with any chemicals to avoid skin irritations. Also wear clothing which you don't mind being stained or bleached.

Step 2 - Prepare the Area

Remove any objects in the area you are treating for mold and mildew.

Step 3 - Try the Oxygen Bleach Technique

Oxygen bleach is a much safer alternative to chlorine bleach because it is less hazardous to humans and the environment. Using a measuring cup and a bucket, add 6 to 8 ounces of oxygen bleach per gallon of hot water. The hot water activates the sodium percarbonate in the oxygen bleach. Mix with a stirrer or painter's stick.

Use a sponge or mop to apply the bleach mixture. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. Afterward, use a stiff-bristle brush and scrub the area. Fill a second bucket with hot water and rinse the treated area with a sponge or mop. When complete, inspect for any remaining mildew. Reapply the bleach mixture as necessary.

Step 4 - Use the Rubbing Alcohol Technique

Add hot water and dish soap in a bucket. Use a scrub brush or sponge to remove surface mold and mildew. Rinse with hot water and a clean sponge or mop. Afterward, use a sponge or spray bottle to apply rubbing alcohol. Make sure grout areas are soaked thoroughly. Allow the rubbing alcohol to sit for about 15 minutes. For deep mold and mildew, soak paper towels in rubbing alcohol and cover the area. Re-rinse with a clean sponge and hot water. If any mold and mildew remains, reapply the rubbing alcohol.

Step 5 - Use White Vinegar

Using a spray bottle or a sponge, apply white vinegar undiluted. Work the vinegar in with a scrub brush or sponge. Allow the area to dry and then rinse with hot water. For deep molds and mildews, you can combine baking soda and white vinegar. This forms an abrasive paste. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Then rinse using a scrub brush, hot water, and a clean sponge.

Step 6 - Try the Hydrogen Peroxide Technique

Clean mold and mildew with hot water and dish soap. Use a scrub brush to remove surface mildew. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the affected area with a sponge or spray bottle. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse.

Step 7 - Prevent Future Growth

The best method for addressing mold and mildew growth is to prevent it from occurring. Reducing the relative humidity in your home through fans, air conditioning, or a dehumidifier will greatly help.