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What are some ways to clean mold and mildew?

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Clean mold and mildew by using a bleach and water solution, a commercial mold and mildew cleaner or dish washing liquid. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water and allow it to dry. Ventilation is necessary during the cleaning process, and also helps prevent mold and mildew from returning.

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Remove mold and mildew from bleachable surfaces by mixing three-quarters of a cup of chlorine bleach with one gallon of water. Apply the solution with a rag, scrub brush or mop. Tough areas of mold or mildew may require an application of full strength bleach. Allow the bleach solution to soak into the material or surface for five minutes, then rinse with clean water. Dry using towels, an appropriate dryer setting or the sun's rays.

Commercial mold and mildew cleaners are good for small areas. Some of these cleaners have chlorine bleach as an ingredient; read the label before use to prevent bleaching of materials. Follow the directions on the label carefully to ensure complete removal of mold and mildew.

Dish washing liquid is ideal for removing mold and mildew from wooden furniture. Use the brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner to remove spores, and then apply a dish washing liquid and water solution to the area. Rinse and dry the area, and then apply furniture polish if desired.

When using bleach or commercial cleansers, ensure ventilation by using a fan to circulate air, and open windows or clean outdoors if possible. Ventilation also slows the growth of mold and mildew by helping surfaces to dry and preventing air from becoming stagnant. In addition to proper ventilation, wear gloves, safety goggles, rubber boots and old clothes when cleaning with bleach or other harsh chemicals.

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