To eliminate mold in your basement, remove moisture from the air with a dehumidifier. Kill mold by mixing a solution of borax and warm water, and wash the entire basement. Treat concentrated areas with a vinegar and water solution. Repeat as needed to prevent future mold growth.Continue Reading
Place a dehumidifier in the basement to remove excess air moisture, which provides a breeding ground for mold spores. Open basement windows and doors, and use floor fans to help circulate dry air.
Combine 1 cup of borax per gallon of warm water. Thoroughly mix with a wooden spoon to dissolve the borax. Pour the solution into a spray bottle.
To avoid coming in contact mold, which may be harmful to your health, wear an N-05 respirator mask, rubber gloves and non-ventilated goggles.
Liberally spray the cleaning solution until the entire basement is saturated. For large basements, forgo the spray, and carefully pour the solution throughout the space.
For areas with high mold growth, saturate the mold with undiluted white vinegar. Allow the vinegar to soak into the mold for 30 minutes.
After the vinegar has soaked into the mold, rinse the area with the borax and water solution.
Once the basement is dry, wipe away mold debris, and immediately discard in a sealed trash bag.
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