Mold and Mildew

Mold is a type of fungi, and is usually associated with things decomposing. Mold can be dangerous, or it can be helpful. Some medications are made from types of mold. Mildew is a fuzzy fungal growth. It tends to grow on organic materials, and usually suggests that there has been dampness in the area.

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Mold and Mildew

How do you remove mold streaks from the shady side of asphalt roof shingles?

Personal Safety and Security
Mold and Mildew

If an entire house is infested with mold can it be treated and if so would the treatments have to continue on a regular basis?

First of all, don't think about treating a whole house of mold as a diy project - mold can be too dangerous to your health, and it would be best to call a mold remediation specialist to treat the mold and remove it. This is true even if the mold is not completely widespread, but even affecting just one room, or just a area of several square feet on a wall or ceiling. With that much visible mold, you can't be sure of how much mold is hidden behind wallpaper or on the other side of the drywall. Professionals will remove the moldy drywall and other building materials, spray to kill the mold and test the air to be sure that spores do not remain.

Moldy drywall will need to be completely replaced, because it is porous and there is no good way to clean out all the mold. Insulation in the wall may also need to be replaced. Solid, nonporous surfaces should be able to be cleaned.

You need to treat the reason the mold is growing if you don't want it to come back. Mold can't live without moisture, whether it is sitting water or high relative humidity. The mold remediation specialist will figure out the source of the moisture in the house, using sophisticated thermal imaging technology and moisture detectors. Healthy home humidity usually is in the range of 30-50%, and 60% and over will allow mold to grow.

Once the mold is removed and the moisture problems fixed, you should not need further treatments.

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How do you treat vinyl mold?

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Can you remove mildew from papers and books?

In damp summer weather, keep papers and books as dry as possible to help control mold growth.

Remove any dry,loose mold from paper with a clean, soft cloth. If mildewed paper is damp, dry it first--in an airy place, if possible.

To dry wallpaper, heat the room for several hours or even days to dry the plaster as well as the paper. Plaster should be dried slowly to prevent cracking.

If mildewed paper is washable, wipe it gently with a cloth wrung out of thick soapsuds, then with clear water. Take care not to wet the paper more than necessary. Do not scrub it. Finally pat with a soft, dry cloth. If stains remain, bleach with a solution of a household bleach, then sponge with a cloth wrung out of clear water. For small stains, a commercial ink eradicator may be useful.

Spread pages of books out fanwise to air. If the books are very damp, sprinkle cornstarch or talcum powder between the leaves to take up the moisture. Leave starch or powder on for several hours then brush off.

[Info from the Home Maintenance And Repair Database at the Michigan State University website]

From a few other internet pages I got these suggestions for removing mildew and mildew smell from books:

Physical removal: Dust away any loose mildew with a fine brush. If the book is damp, dry it completely. Then apply hydrogen peroxide or denatured alcohol to the book with a lint-free cloth to kill the mildew. Blot away excess liquid and dry the book thoroughly.

Chemical removal: Remove dark mildew stains with diluted peroxide bleach or lemon juice. Apply sparingly and dry thoroughly afterward. Dry the book in the sun if you use lemon juice. I understand that lemon juice is acidic which is not a friend of paper. I don't know about peroxide though.

Smell removal: Use activated charcoal and or baking soda in a sealed container to remove smell.

While doing any of the above wear a mask! This prevents you from inhaling any of the mold or dust mites.

Mold and Mildew

What would cause a mildew stain in the ceiling of the downstairs bathroom?

This could be caused by your exhaust fan not properly removing moisture from your bathroom.

It is always a good idea to use some X-14 (a mildew remover) every coupke of weeks when you start to see mildew. It is cause by lack of air flow in your bathroom, or a leak from upstairs.

Is there is an upstairs bathroom? If so you might have a small leak somewhere in the supply or drain lines in the upstairs bathroom. If not a leak then possibly condensation is forming on a shower or tub above this bathroom.

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How can mildew stains be removed from fabric?

There are a few general tips when it comes to removing mold from clothes. One is that it's best to wash your clothes in hot water. Hot water kills mold more effectively than cold water and better removes mold spores and allergens too. Of course make sure you don't use water so hot that it can damage your clothing.

When you're washing your clothes with a mold killing solution it's best to wash them through at least two full cycles. Then after your clothes have been washed hang them on the line in the sun. The heat from the sun and the sun's ultraviolet light help to kill mold. The sun has a natural bleaching effect that can also help to fade mold stains.

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How do you clean hot chocolate that has set on a mattress and is moldly?

A steam cleaner (make sure it gets hot enough to sanitize) will kill off the mold and whatever else is there, then you just use a cleaner like Oxyclean spray to get out the stain.

Home Buying
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Is it a good idea to buy and would there be any problems buying a house that had mold mildew window and roof leakage that has been fixed?

Buying a home is often better than renting. If there is any type of mold or mildew situation, please get an inspection before you buy. There are companies that remediate mold and an inspection by them would be wise. Ask if the owner has had the service and has a receipt. Some DIY repairs may not be up to snuff.

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Is mildew living?

yes unless u spray it with some type of mildew killer

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How do i remove mildew stain on your wedding dress?

Hang it out in the sun for a few hours

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Can rubbing alcohol remove mold?

No, but bleach can.

Smoking and Tobacco Use
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What happens if you smoke mold?

Smoking moldy cannabis is not good for medical consumers, but even healthy individuals may experience some side effects.
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Is green mold good for you?

so i think that mould it not good for you hope ive been a help

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How do you remove mould and mildew from fabric roller blinds?

spray bleach and wipe off ..

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How can you clean mildew from window tracks?

With any mildew remover , cotton swabs an old cloth wrapped around a butter knife , or a fine bottle-brush. Rinse well so the cleaner won't degrade any rubber or vinly weatherstripping.

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What causes a Mildew smell coming from ac in dodge neon?

Most auto parts stores, ie autozone, advanced auto, sell a/c deodorizer. It's caused by ciondensation in the a/c ducts. This is pretty common.

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What are your legal options if you just found black mold in a house you bought 2 weeks ago?

If the black mold is inside the walls and you can't see it anywhere else then it is doubtful the former owners knew about it and are not liable, therefore it's going to be money out of your pocket. However, if the mold is where you can see it (but the previous owner hid it with furniture, etc.) you can make them pay for the repairs. I advise you to get in touch with your Real Estate Agent as soon as possible.

You should first determine the nature and extent of the mold. Hire your local mold detection service. You will then have knowledge as to whether there is sufficient mold to worry about, how difficult (or simple) it may be to get rid of it and whether it is a health hazard. Answer Did you have an inspection done? If so, I would involve them and the realtor.

Mold and Mildew

How do you remove mildew from a hammock?

If the hammock is in direct sunshine for even an hour, the mildew will be killed. What you are probably seeing is a stain left by the mildew. You could try household ammonia: working outdoors, spray the ammonia on the mildew stain and hose off. Diluted bleach will also remove the stain, but may affect color - only use as a last resort.

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How To

How to remove mold from walls?

If your drywall is in good shape and not soft, you can remove mold from your walls by simply mixing some bleach in a bucket with water and use a sponge to scrub it off. It might not be a fun solution, but it works very well. If the mold is over a large area and you know there was water damage, you should bring in a professional to remediate the mold and replace the wall. Mold is a health hazard.

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What is the difference between mold and mildew?

Mold and mildew have many similar characteristics, but they are different types of fungi, and are often different in color and texture. Mold and mildew are often mentioned together as they can both grow in many of the same moist and warm locations. However, mildew is often found more often than mold in showers, paper and fabrics and mold is usually found more often than mildew in foods. They can sometimes be difficult to tell apart as they both spread out from spores. Mold is often black, green, red or blue in color while mildew is usually gray or white. The two main types of mildew are powdery and downy. Powdery mildew is commonly found on roses and other flowering plants. Powdery mildew is created by an ascomycota type of fungus. Downy mildew is from the oomycota type of fungus and is found in agricultural products such as grapes and potatoes. Both mold and mildew thrive in damp environments, so keeping areas dry is the main preventative measure to help eliminate the fungi. Bathrooms are a prime source of mold and mildew as not only are they often damp, but they also usually do not have a lot of ventilation. Some molds have toxins called mycotoxins that some people may be allergic to. Symptoms of a mold allergy may include headaches, asthma and coughing. Irritation of the eyes and throat may also occur as a result of breathing mold toxins. Molds are not always harmful; the antibiotic penicillin was created from the mold of the same name. Moldy food should not be eaten. A mildew infestation on paper and some fabrics cannot be scrubbed off, but a mildew remover can usually get rid of mildew on harder surfaces such as surfaces in bathrooms. Some mold and mildew removal products should not be used by asthmatics or in an area that is not well-ventilated. Bleach solutions are often effective in killing both mold and mildew.

Mold and Mildew

What is the scientific name for cucurbit downy mildew?

Pseudoperonospora cubensis is the scientific, Latin or binomial name for cucurbit downy mildew.

This particular fungus causes water mold in members of the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae). It first shows up as light yellow or green wounds on the foliage. It then further mars the appearance with gray to purplish-black fungal growths on the undersides of leaves. The dying leaves curl upward.

The rest of the plant - flowers, fruits, roots, stems - are unaffected directly. But there are indirect consequences from the lack of protection from the dying and dead leaves. Specifically, the unprotected fruit tends to end up misshapen or deformed.

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Metal and Alloys
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Can mold grow on metal?

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How do you get mildew smell out of fur coats?

Fur coats have to be professionally dry cleaned and must always be stored in a cooler.


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