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How to Remove Mold from Walls - Mold Removal Tips

Updated on November 15, 2014
House Mold Snapshot
House Mold Snapshot

Mold can be a very dangerous substance if left alone too long in your home. Mold is one of those fungus that breed on any damp surface. Powdery looking fungus resembling mildew growing on surfaces like walls, wood, carpets, clothing, food, leather sofa or ceilings in your house, it is time to consider mold removal. Mold spores attach to these items in your house and can spread to air conditioners, HVAC systems or plumbing pipes. During reproduction, they liberate some tiny spores in the air, which get stuck on some new moist area and molds start growing there. Black mold was growing in most buildings that flooded.

One of the most optimal conditions for mold growth is the combination of humid or damp surfaces exposed to just the right amount of light and a moderate temperature, and it gets that by degrading whatever it is growing on. It breaks down the surfaces in your home and forms Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

These VOCs are what are dangerous to humans since they irritate mucous membranes, affects respiratory, and nervous systems. To monitor for mold symptoms (or signs that you have been exposed), expect these triggers: headaches, cough, and red eyes, nausea, rashes or hives on your skin, memory loss and loss of concentration, lethargy and dizziness, irregular blood pressure, pain in the live or other organs, urinary tract infections. In some cases, infertility has even been linked to mold poisoning.

Mold is a more serious problem than most folks realize. Depending on the extent of the problem, home mold removal can be as easy as spraying and scrubbing, or it could be a major overhaul.

Let’s look at the basics of home mold removal.

Mold Remedies for Home and Walls:

  • Home mold removal sometimes needs to be done, but you can prevent further problems by keeping your home well ventilated and free of moisture.
  • Sunlight is a natural and the safest solution for toxic mold removal. All the household goods contracted by molds should be put up in sunlight for some time and the molds will be destroyed.
  • Remove any moldy materials that cannot be saved such as drywall mold, then seal it in a plastic bag and remove it from your home.
  • Use a stiff brush to loosen and remove as much of the mold growth as possible. then spray to clean the affected area taking care to follow the manufacturer’s directions listed on the bottle.
  • Applying a mixture of soap and water on the molds is an easy and simple way of to remove them. However, it cannot permeate the deeper surfaces where the actual growth of mold takes place and the mixture is too mild to act as a disinfectant.
  • Repair any areas affected by mold in necessary and dry out the area using several fans and/or a dehumidifier.
  • Alcohol can act as a remedy for household mold removal. You have to rub the alcohol on the surface affected by the growth of mold. This is done mainly to get rid of the molds that are accumulated on leather items as you cannot apply any harsh chemicals upon them.
  • You’ll need to seal off the affected area using plastic sheeting and tape and you should make sure that you turn off any ceiling fans, air conditioners or central heat and air systems in that room to prevent fungus spores from becoming airborne and infecting other areas of your home.

Black Mold Wall
Black Mold Wall

Mold Removal Tips:

Depending on the mold you’re dealing with, you may find that some with work while others will need several applications before you see any results. It’s really just a matter of doing your research to find out what seems to be working for everyone and what’s not.

  • Spray a bleach solution or vinegar solution or soap solution on the area. Then scrub it well with a sponge or brush it.
  • Once the cleaning is done, it is very important to apply some disinfectant. You should disinfect the entire room and so, spray disinfectant even on those areas which had no molds.
  • Using a dehumidifier is a great way, but you can also use fans, open some windows, and allow fresh air to get in the rooms with problem areas.
  • Make sure that your fan in the bathroom is cleaned and working properly. You also need to make sure that you allow it to run while you are in the shower, as well as 15-20 minutes after the show to ensure that no moisture collects.
  • Wash off with clean water thoroughly. Wipe off with a dry terry cloth to make the place dry.
  • Keep the room in closed condition, until the molds are cleaned, so that the molds do not spread out into other rooms
  • put all the things that were used for removing molds in a garbage bag and throw it away after.

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    • John Dove profile image

      John Dove 

      7 months ago

      You bring up a very important issue that can, as you say, be harmful to the health of your family. One further suggestion is to develop a routine of regularly inspecting for mold and mildew and eliminating it before it gets worse.

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      Steve mazon 

      3 years ago

      Can you kill mold with spraying vinegar on area that can't be reached?

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      4 years ago

      A wall in my drawing room is affected with the white cotton type fungus, it also affects wall paint & due to this everytime when i get my wall painted after sometime it get broken and white fungus come out.

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      7 years ago from 5437 Cedarmint Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28227

      The mold remediation process can be an extensive process. It may be necessary to call in the professionals to handle it.By the way your hub is great and suggestions are quite useful.

    • AnkushKohli profile imageAUTHOR

      Ankush Kohli 

      7 years ago from India

      darsh - it's better to contact any move removal contractor ASAP instead of covering it with cloth.

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      7 years ago

      i have wall cupboard , in that mold has grown because of leakage of monsoon water ,, how can i remove it ? i had put my cloths on them some mold are attaches because there is direct contact of cloths and wall.. how can i clean them ?? can i use those cloth or not ?

    • AnkushKohli profile imageAUTHOR

      Ankush Kohli 

      7 years ago from India

      Pleasure dipti!

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      8 years ago

      Learned a lot about mold removal ...thanks

    • happyexplorer profile image


      8 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere

      Thank you for suggesting alcohol. I do have some beloved, rarely used bags and I worry about using an ordinary mold removal solution. Great hub!


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