Mold on your concrete floors not only spoils the aesthetic look of your home, but it is also a health hazard to you and your family. Mold survives on moisture and may start to grow if wet floors are not dried immediately. Unfortunately, some of us notice mold growth when it is already too late. So, what do you do when your concrete floors start harboring mold?
Step 1- Fix the source of moisture
It could be a leaking pipe, tap or roof that lets in the moisture and sits on the floor. Mostly it usually is due to wear and tear. It could also be from recent flood or water damage that wasn’t appropriately dried eventually creating excellent breeding grounds for the mold. Be sure to fix all these leakages before commencing with the mold removal in Gilbert AZ.
Step 2- Wear protective gear
Mold can be toxic depending on the type. To be on the safe side, ensure that you protect yourself by wearing gloves, goggles, and a respirator.
Step 3- Mix a cleaning solution
You will need to come up with a cleaning solution that kills and eradicates the mold with a few scrubs. In a bucket, pour one part of bleach to four parts of warm water. You could also add a mold-killing concentrate and some home detergent to make the solution more effective.
Step 4- Scrub the contaminated surface
Using a clean sponge and brush, you will scrub the mold-contaminated surface vigorously until all the mold is scrubbed out. Repeat the process until you see all the mold washed out.
Step 5- Rinse
In a clean bucket, fill in clean water to the brim. If there is a hosepipe, it could do the rinsing trick. Rinse the surface while draining all the infected water out. Repeat the process until the infected surface is clear of all mold-contaminated water.
Step 6- Dry the area
With a clean towel, you will dry the washed surface gently ensuring that no water is left behind. This step is critical as wet surfaces continue to support the regrowth of mold.
Step 7- Create a conducive environment
You could bring in a dehumidifier to help with lowering humidity levels in the room to prevent the regrowth of mold. You might also consider letting in sunlight into the room if the weather is sunny or warm.
These steps mentioned above should help you remove mold and also prevent the regrowth. In the case where the fungi become stubborn, it would be logical to call in the mold restoration services for immediate response. Contact us as Gateway Restoration for all your mold removal concerns.