I don’t like finding mold stains anywhere because it makes my home look dirty and uncared for, but all of the news reports on the dangers of living with mold inside your home concerns me too.
Cleaning with Vinegar
Metal surfaces should not be cleaned with bleach! For any mold issues on them, you can use Vinegar. Vinegar in full strength kills 82% of mold.
Pour plain white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle
Spray entire area
Let it sit; don’t worry, the smell will dissipate as it dries
Vinegar will kill the mold and disinfect the area.
Cleaning with Borax and Vinegar
Using Vinegar and Borax will clean, disinfect and since Borax is a fungicide it will retard mold growth.
This is a great solution to use on window frames and sills because the old metal windows sweat and that creates moisture and a breeding ground for mold. Since window replacement is a huge cost, I used this solution to keep the mold from returning until I could afford to have them upgraded.
After application, try to keep the surface as dry as possible. If the surface continues to get moisture, you will need to re-apply as necessary.
Mix a solution of:
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup plain white vinegar
2 cups warm water
Pour it over the affected area or saturate with a spray.
Let it sit for 10 minutes
Scrub the surface
Repeat the process if necessary
Removing Tough Mold Stains
Tough mold stains sometimes need extra help. If the above methods aren’t strong enough, I have found Mold Armour is the best at removing those stains. It’s about 2 times stronger than bleach.
It removes the mold and the stain with no pretreatment or cleaning required. Each treatment lasts for 2 months. This is helpful for areas where mold keeps coming back or it’s not possible to remove moisture completely.
Great job taking care of your problem!
It takes a bit of time but if you stay on top of it and take protective measures such as reducing moisture and increasing ventilation, your mold problem is easy to keep at bay!
Image Credits: Moldy metal