There are different types of mold found in homes or business places, many of which can appear green in color. All of them grow in moist areas. They feed on organic matter and are toxic to your health.
Focusing on green mold, have you thought about what it is and whether it’s harmful? Here’s what you need to know about disgusting green mold that grows particularly in households.
What is green mold?
Green mold is a broad term that refers to more than one hundred types of species of mold with green or greenish-hued spores. It looks powdery or soft and fuzzy. It grows in moist areas of a home and also on food like bread, fruits, and many others.
The most common types of mold with green or greenish spores include Cladosporium, Aspergillus, and Penicillium. However, these mold types do not always appear green or greenish. They may be blue, black, or even pink.
Is green mold harmful?
Green mold in your home is an annoying thing. It can decrease the market worth of your property and damage many items like furniture, upholstery, and even old book collections.
Black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) is not the only toxic type of mold for humans and animals. Its green counterpart, white mold, and all other types can cause health problems as well.
If you have a delicate immune system, you will most likely develop respiratory issues such as sinus infections, bronchitis, lung inflammation, and pneumonia. Constant exposure to some types of mold can cause allergic reactions, too.
Indeed, once you see green mold infestation in your home, make haste and remove it as soon as possible.
You may identify green mold by its greenish color, but it’s usually tough to recognize. This mold may appear in various colors on different surfaces.
If you find a mold infestation in your house and want to know which species it belongs to, you may consider getting mold testing done.
You may ask assistance from a mold removal and remediation specialist who also provide professional mold inspections.
How to Eliminate Green Mold
Getting rid of mold is a must! Here’s what you need to do:
1. Stop the source of mold growth — moisture. If there are any plumbing leaks, cracks in the foundation, or window base defects, repair them to prevent indoor dampness.
Remember, when there’s water damage, mold is a common sight.
2. To clean severe moldy parts at home, use fungicide and vacuum with HEPA filter. (HEPA filter prevents mold spores from flying around).
3. For small mold colonies, you may use Do-it-Yourself home methods such as:
- Baking soda
Combine one part baking soda with one part water in a spray bottle. Then spray the solution directly on the mold and wait for about ten minutes. Wipe the stubborn mold away with a wet sponge. Repeat the process until you no longer see the mold.
Let the spot dry naturally. Once it’s completely dry, the rest of the mold will be removed.
- Vinegar solution
Mix vinegar with water in a spray bottle, and spray the solution on the moldy surface. Let it sit for about an hour. After that, wipe the surface using a wet sponge.
- Hydrogen peroxide
In a spray bottle, mix three percent hydrogen peroxide with water. Spray the solution on the moldy spot and wait for about ten minutes. · Wipe the mold away using a wet sponge or cloth. Repeat wiping using a clean dry cloth to eliminate the remaining smallest spores.
However, do not use this solution on carpeting and upholstery. It will bleach certain items.
Throw away all the sponges and cloths used in the mold removal. You may apply antifungal paint after cleaning to prevent the mold from coming back.
When to Seek Help from a Professional
We highly recommend you to call a mold remediation expert when green mold has covered an area larger than 10 square feet. Please don’t try to remove it yourself. You may put your health at risk if you do so.
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