Mold is a complex creature. It grows fast, it can cause serious health problems, and sometimes, you don’t even know you’re living with it!
In our Mold Matters series, we have uncovered some sneaky places where mold can grow in your home: your refrigerator, your front-load washing machine, your window seals and even your chimney. In the last installment of our series, we take a look at a few more surprising places where mold can fester.
It’s a well-known fact that mold grows in damp spots, typically in the kitchen, basement or bathroom. But below are some additional spots that may leave you cringing.
In your mattress.
A mold monster hiding in your bed?! This can be a nightmare because this mold monster is real and needs to be cleaned quickly.
Why it grows there – Mold grows in damp places, and though you might not like to think about it, your mattress can get damp. It can carry moisture from things like perspiration and spills, making it an ideal home for mold.
How to clean it – You can start by vacuuming both sides of the mattress, and then of course, cleaning out that vacuum to avoid the spread of mold spores. Then, mix together an equal ratio of rubbing alcohol and water, dip a cloth in the mixture, and scrub the mattress. After that, spray a disinfectant on the mattress, and sit it out to dry in the sunshine (a very important step because, of course, getting rid of moisture is crucial). However, if you see the mold spread to the floors and walls of your bedroom as well, it’s best to call the experts!
On your dishes.
Yes, really. Your dishes. Those things you serve the food you and your family eat on. While it may make you gag, it does make sense.
Why it grows there – When the dishes aren’t completely dry, but you start stacking them anyway, you set up a prime spot for mold to grow. It’s like calling mold over for a dinner party. Especially if you don’t use those dishes very often!
How to clean it – To start, make sure your dishes are totally moisture-free before stacking and putting them away. If it’s too late for that step, simply run the dishes through a dishwasher (washing and sanitizing them), and wipe down your cupboards using a vinegar and water solution and a cloth. Again, if the mold has spread to your sink, counter or throughout your cabinet, it’s best to call the experts.
On your toothbrush.
This could be the most important takeaway of them all mostly because you are potentially putting mold particles directly into your mouth. That direct contact can make you very sick.
Why it grows there – When toothbrushes don’t receive a proper chance to dry out between brushing, mold has the perfect opportunity to thrive.
How to clean it – Okay, forget cleaning mold off your toothbrush. Just go buy a new, definitely-mold-free one. And then use these tips to keep it that way.
No matter where you find mold growing in your home, you’ll need to clean it up and fix the moisture problem immediately. Otherwise, the mold will continue to grow and potentially damage any surface it calls home.
If you see mold in any of the places addressed in our Mold Matters series, or in your carpet, on your walls or anywhere else in your home, contact the experts at Sage Restoration. When mold is not removed properly, it can cause severe health issues. We care about you and your health! #ServiceWithCompassion