Mold and mildew can be every homeowner’s worst enemy. They are not only often difficult to remove completely, they can also be unhealthy, causing various temporary or long-term problems such as breathing difficulties, sore throat, and headaches.
The best method of mold and mildew removal depends largely on which surface it is on. Mildew that is present on grouting, tile or concrete can be effectively removed by cleaning thoroughly with a mixture of eight parts water and one part bleach. Mildew often forms on shower curtains and an effective way to remove it is to soak the curtain in a mixture of diluted bleach and dishwashing soap.
One of the worst places to find mildew is under your carpet and mildew removal in this scenario can be expensive as you will have to dispose of both the carpet and the padding. The subfloor can then be scrubbed thoroughly with a small amount of bleach mixed in water and left to dry before attempting to replace the carpet or padding. It is also impossible to completely remove mold from porous surfaces, such as drywall or sheetrock; the only solution is to replace the affected area.
Mildew removal from wood is essential as soon as you see any signs of it, as left untreated it is not only unsightly but can damage wood to the point of instability. Any affected area should be washed with a mixture of soap and water and then sprayed or rubbed gently with a small amount of bleach mixed into water. Allow the area to dry and then rinse again with soap and water; in extreme cases, you may have to rub gently with sandpaper or steel wool.
Ultimately, prevention is better than treatment when it comes to mildew and mold and keeping your home dry will help to minimize the chances of mildew forming.