Mold and mildew growth can be hazardous to one’s health, and pose many dangerous and unpleasant threats as well. For these reasons and more, mildew should always be removed as soon as it is discovered. It can also be quite unsightly and unattractive. One common area where mold can thrive is concrete, like sidewalks, curbs, driveways, fireplaces, and more. It is understandable to have mold or mildew somewhere on your property you cannot see or reach, but the exposed and attainable areas, like the ones just mentioned, should be cleaned thoroughly.
Continue reading to learn more about the importance of removing mold and mildew from concrete, and how to get it done.
Concrete Mildew Removal
Mildew is slippery, especially when wet, and can cause slip and fall accidents; but the main health concern associated with mildew and mold has to do with our respiratory health. Spores from mold can become airborne, and consequently, be inhaled by people and pets. This can cause or contribute to several respiratory illnesses and conditions; like asthma, allergies, and more.
So when you find mildew growing on your concrete surface, be sure to follow similar instructions to the ones listed below, in order to successfully remove mold and mildew from concrete, cement, and more. If the fungus that causes mildew is not properly killed and removed, the mildew will be sure to come back.
What You’ll Need:
✔ Chlorine Bleach (about 1 Quart per 100 square foot)
✔ 1/3 Cup Powdered Laundry Detergent
✔ Large Bucket
✔ 3 Quarts Warm Water
✔ Running Water
✔ Garden Hose
✔ Stiff Bristled Broom or Brush
✔ Safety Goggles
✔ Rubber Gloves
What To Do:
1. Open Nearby Doors and Windows to For Ventilation (floor fans are best)
2. Put On Safety Goggles and Gloves
3. Mix Bleach and Warm Water
4. Add Powdered Detergent to Bleach/Warm Water Mix
5. Saturate the Affected Area with the Solution
6. Allow Solution to Fully Saturate for 15 minutes
7. Vigorously Scrub the Surface with the Bristled Broom or Brush
8. Turn On Running Water
9. Use Garden Hose to Rinse the Surface Clean
10. Make Sure the Area Dries Thoroughly
11. Repeat Steps 1-10 if Necessary
In order to prevent mildew and mold growth in the future, be sure to mop up excess puddles of standing water, and try to add more sunlight exposure to concrete surfaces. Sun and heat prevents mold and mildew growth. So keep concrete surfaces dry and bright!
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