Posted on: 5 January 2016
If you notice black mold growing behind your bed, you may wonder what you can do to remove it. Black mold can be toxic to your respiratory system and digestive system when inhaled or ingested. The fungi typically grows in dark, damp and dank places, such as beneath the kitchen sink. But black mold can also show up in your bedroom if the environment is humid and wet. To get rid of the mold, follow the tips below.
Clear Out Your Bedroom
The first thing you can do to get rid of the mold is remove everything from your bedroom and clean it. Mold uses spores to travel through the air. Once the spores land on your bedding, frames, mattresses, and other items in the room, they can hibernate or grow. You want to make your bedroom as inhospitable to mold growth as you can.
Place your items in the sun for several hours during the morning or early afternoon, which is when the sun is at its hottest. The direct sunlight will kill the spores and freshen up the fabric on your items. If any of your room's furnishings fade in direct sunlight, dampen a towel with lemon oil and wipe their surfaces down carefully. Lemon oil is one of the natural cleaning supplies to protect wood and other delicate materials from fading and deterioration.
Also, wash and dry your clothing on high heat to kill any spores that may be on them. You can add canvas shoes and sneakers to the washing machine to save time. Use the lemon oil to wipe down footwear made with faux leather and vinyl. However, take any expensive items and footwear to a dry cleaner to avoid damaging them.
Wipe Down the Walls
Before you bring your furnishings and clothing back into the bedroom, remove the mold on the wall with white vinegar and baking soda. These natural cleaning supplies are very popular home remedies for mold growth. In addition, vinegar destroys over 80 percent of mold spores upon contact.
Because it's unsafe to touch black mold directly, you'll need to mix your vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Here's what you do:
- Fill a large spray bottle with 3 cups of hot water, then add 2 cups of vinegar.
- Place a thick plastic tarp over the flooring to protect it from the vinegar. Vinegar is an acid that can fade certain items, such as brightly-colored carpet fibers.
- Spray down the wall until the mold runs down its surface.
- Protect your hands with thick gloves, then wipe down the wet wall with a thick towel until the mold disappears.
- Discard the towel and gloves, then place two fans inside the bedroom to dry the wall for at least one hour.
- Replace your items in the room when the wall dries.
Vacuum or mop your flooring to remove any mold spores that may still be present in the bedroom. The bedroom is now clear of mold.
If you notice that the mold returns after one or two weeks of cleaning your bedroom, contact a mold removal specialist—like those at American Environmental Construction LLC and other locations—for help.Share