Molds are microscopic fungi that derive their energy from the decomposition of organic matter. As such, molds play a very constructive role in the recycling of organic matter in the ecosystem. They grow in colonies, and multiply through spores. It is these spores that cause allergic and respiratory problems in humans. Some molds also produce toxins that are said to produce neurological problems. Molds can survive in extreme climates and some mold species even inhabit Antarctica, fridge, and jet fuel. Molds have also been used in the production of various fermented foods and beverages, enzymes, and antibiotics. The most famous species of mold is perhaps the Penicillin species, from which the first antibiotic was isolated. In homes, molds inhabit those places, which are moist, like bathroom and damp ceilings. Large colonies of mold in homes can pose breathing related disorders, especially to children and pets, due to the dispersion of the spores. Read the article below to know more on how you can clean the ceiling mold.
Tips To Get Rid Of Ceiling Mold
- Keep off the dampness and moisture from the house. During rainy seasons, ceilings absorb the water, which helps the mold to grow. Painting the ceiling with anti-mold paint discourages the mold. Proper ventilation is a must.
- In a bucket, mix half a cup of chlorine bleach and stir. Then add one-third cup of powdered or liquid laundry detergent and stir till it is dissolved. Keep the solution in a spray bottle. Place a ladder under the moldy area in the sealing and wear gloves, mask, and goggles. Climb the ladder and spray the solution onto the mold taking care that it doesn’t drip. Then using a scouring sponge scrub the area, until the mold comes off. Wash the area with a clean cloth and water and leave it for drying.
- In a spray bottle, mix two tablespoons of tea tree oil, and two cups of water. Shake it gently to blend. Use this solution to spray on the mold, and allow it to stay without any need for rinsing.
- Take twenty drops of grape seed extract in a spray bottle, and mix it with two cups of water. Spray it on the moldy area. This also doesn’t require any rinsing.
- Vinegar has the strength to kill 80% of the mold. Spray white vinegar onto the mold, and allow it to set. Since, vinegar has a strong smell, it is better to leave the doors and windows open.
- Mix one part of ammonia with one part of water, and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spray the moldy area in the ceiling, and leave it for several hours. Using cloth and water, wash the area thoroughly. Then leave it to dry.
- Fill a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide. The best would be the 3% concentration. Spray onto the molds, and leave it for twenty minutes. Then using a scouring sponge, scour the molds and lastly remove the mold dust, by wiping.
- Mix a cup of borax in a bucket of water. Apply this solution to the mold affected area. Leave the windows and doors open to drive out the mold spores. Scrub off the area using a brush and do not rinse.
- In a spray bottle, mix half a tablespoon of baking soda with water. Shake the bottle to dissolve the baking soda. Now, spray the solution onto the moldy area and using a scrubbing brush scrub the area until it is free from molds. Rinse the spot with water and spray the baking soda-water solution again, to remove the leftover molds.