How To Get Rid of Mildew

By Subodh / June 3, 2011

Mildew and mold can grow in many different places in your home. For instance, it sometimes shows up on ceilings and walls. It even can appear on shoes, bedding, furniture or clothes.

Further Description

Mold and mildew are both substances found in the fungi family. Scientists consider them neither plants nor animals. Rather, they are classified as microscopic organisms that have in them enzymes and spores.

Mold and mildew exists in nature for a reason. One major role of it is to help break down dead animal carcasses, fallen tree leaves, and other organic materials. These decomposed materials are then used for reproducing and recycling natural substances.

You can generally find them in dark, damp, and airless locations. They also show up in humid spots quite often.

Mold and mildew vary in appearance and they often are visible in thousands of different forms or types. Believe it or not mold has its own objectives.

The two primary goals of mold are to devour organic material and to find areas full of moisture. This makes it easier for them to digest via enzymes the foods that they take in.

Common Growth Locations

As you already know, mold shows up on ceilings and walls quite a bit. Mold is often also seen on or near wash machines, on wallpaper or drywall backings, or around roof leaks.

Rooms you often see mold grow is bathrooms, basements, wardrobes, and steam rooms. Draperies, towels, rugs, and shower curtains might have mold on them. Mildew or mold could also be found on wood, linen, silk, wool, paper, or leather.


Controlling mold and mildew problems can be controlled. It takes removed it and the materials that are already infested.

To start with, it would help you to purchase a high-quality respirator that is normally used for cleaning out mold. One that holds a P100 filter cartridge is very helpful because it helps protect you from breathing in potentially fatal spores.

It also would help if you wear gloves and goggles to prevent possible allergic reaction. Wearing a good respirator would help as well.

You then can follow these mold or mildew removal steps:

  1. If your basement floor is flooded you should first let it dry out. Then after about 72 hours you can begin the process used to get rid of mildew or mold.
  2. When attempting to prepare for mildew or mold removal you may first need to drill holes in your drywall. Then, take out the lower sections so the inner walls can dry out as well.
  3. Before sorting out infested materials you should also remember to shut the furnace down. Otherwise, you could continue to spread the dust and spores around your house. Make sure during this shutdown process that you seal the ventilation grills with duct tape or polyethylene sheets.
  4. Remove all furniture, lamps, pictures, curtains, and other loose objects from the rooms where you are working. You may also need to wipe away mold from these objects later on.
  5. Cover the room of the door you are working on completely. Then, apply moth balls, a fan, and plenty of ventilation.

You may also need to find some home recipes available for cleaning mildew and mold. Other products for removing these potentially harmful substances can be found in a store.