I’ll start by saying that we’ve never had to deal with mold inside. So, in that arena we are lucky. And that means that everything you are about to see is specific to how to get rid of mold on the exterior. Since we’re in Southern Florida which seems to be the perfect breeding conditions for exterior mold.
not really interesting point of reference is that I have pretty severe asthma. As in have been hospitalized a few times … once I was in the hospital at the same time as my 96-year-old great-grandmother and my situation was so bad she was the one who had to come visit my room. So I’m pretty sensitive to breathing concerns, and you might know I’m a huge fan of upcycling ideas, so I’m always looking for ways to stay green. With all that said, sometimes you just have to go with what works.
It’s worth mentioning here that I’m not at all claiming to be an expert mold remediator (not a word?) … just sharing what has worked great for us.
Step 1 – Add about 3-4 inches of bleach to the bottom of your spray bottle and then fill the rest with water. I tend to go heavy on the bleach, and I’ve heard a ratio of a cup of bleach to a gallon of water will work. You really can’t go wrong with supplies that only cost $1. I’d rather be sure the mold is dead than skimp on the bleach. But that’s just me.
Step 2 – Spray like crazy. You can consider this your forearm workout for the
Step 3 – Repeat steps 1 and 2 as needed. I actually like to let the bleach do all of the work. Over the course of a week or so I sprayed all around the exterior trim of the house 3 -4 times. Keep in mind, we are new to this house and clearly no regular exterior upkeep has been happening. Most situations would most likely take only a spray or 2.
Step 4 (optional) – Scrub and rinse. This is where the no scrubbing required part comes in. You may be tempted to scrub the surface and put a little more elbow grease into it. Consider that your bicep workout for the day. But for areas that are high and out of reach, don’t sweat it. Leaving the bleach there will actually continue to kill any residual mold and help to prevent future mold growth.
Update: After a couple of months when evidence of mildew starts to show again it only takes a few spritzes to clean it up again.
Of course, in areas that are within reach, especially with children or pets around, you want to be sure to rinse the area with a hose so the bleach isn’t ingested … but the whole scrubbing part is still completely optional. 😉
A few tips I’ve learned along the way
that may seem common sense to some of you:
– When spraying vertical areas spray from the top down, the drips will pick up a lot and then you can catch the rest on your next spray round.
– Stand up wind … kind of no brainer … but it took me a couple of times to get it.
– Wear a respirator or mask over your nose and mouth.
– Wear glasses to cover your eyes.
– Wear ragged old clothes because they will end up looking like this.
*cute puppy not included
– Take off all cheap jewelry … or it will get tarnished from the bleach.
*nubby finger sold separately
And that my friends is how to get rid of mold for $2 or less with no scrubbing required. And how nice is it to actually cross something off of the good old curb appeal ideas check list? I will attest that the answer to that is “very nice”.
Update: We’ve also added a little fun to the front door, created a small yardscape on our little Key West lot and I made a little house tour video before we started remodeling the inside. Come, stare and gawk.
How about you? Have any of your own tips for easy and inexpensive cleaning? Is it warm enough where you are yet to be sprucing up outside? Planning to tackle any curb appeal ideas this year? Do tell.