How To Get Rid Of Cement Mold
Cement walls and floors in your garden, garage and basements are very prone to molds. These are the areas where the humidity is high. Molds can easily grow on cement. This is because cement cannot easily absorb the water when it gets wet, so the fungi can rapidly be transferred on the cement leading to mold growth. When the water vapor sticks to the cement for a long time, molds will start to appear and bring damage to your home.
Molds are very much unwanted because for two reasons: they pose health risk and they can make a room look dirty and unpleasant. So if there are molds growing on your cement walls or floor, you should try to remove them right away even before they start to multiply. If you just leave the molds to grow, they will overtake the cement and give more damage. If you have rooms with cement structures that have molds, here are some things you can do to get rid of cement molds.
Use a high-pressure hose or power washer
If the mold growth is not yet severe, you can try washing it away with high-pressure hose or power washer. Simply connect a high-pressure hose on the faucet and use it to spray down those molds. If you have power washer, then you can use this instead of plain hose because power washer sends stronger stream of water.
If the molds are standing still even after you have power washed them, then maybe the molds have already created a strong root system so you will need to kill these fungi from the roots. One effective solution you can use in killing those molds is chlorine bleach. In a spray bottle, pour a mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach for every 3 part of water. Spray this solution on the molds and leave it for a few hours to work.
Aside from bleach, vinegar is also powerful enough to kill the mold roots. You can just mix equal parts of plain white vinegar and water then transfer this solution to the spray bottle. Spray ample amount of the vinegar solution on the molds and wait a few hours until the molds turn white.
When the molds have turned into white color, which means that they are more or less already dead, you can now start removing them. First, wear protective gears like face mask and hand gloves. Remember that when you inhale the molds, you might get respiratory problems so always take necessary precautions. When you are ready, get a scrub and soapy water. Splash the soapy water on the mold clumps and start scrubbing them off from the surface. They should easily be coming off after you have sprayed them with bleach or vinegar solution. Just keep on scrubbing until you have removed all the molds.
Wash the area
After you have removed the molds from the cement, then it is not time to wash and clean the area. Using your high-pressure hose or power washer, wash the cement so that all the mold remains and soapy water residues are removed.
Let the cement dry
When everything is clean again, you cannot just leave the cement wet. It will take some time before the cement can dry up so the water may start inviting those molds again. So to be sure that the mold will not grow again, use an electric fan to speed up the drying process of the cement.