Ways to Tackle the Mold

With it being hurricane season and the temps fluctuating so drastically, you may be running into an issue with historic homes and mold. Mold in homes happens with either water damage or extreme moisture in the house/room because all that mold needs to thrive on is organic matter and moisture. One of the big problems with hardwood floors is that it is susceptible to getting mold underneath them. If you have mold under your hardwood floors, it can become a serious health hazard for anyone who normally walks around in that environment. 

Mold 1 300x138 - Mold + Hardwood Floors: What to Do?Mold build up is alldue to lack of ventilation. Keep open windows as long as possible to enable the circulation of air. If this may not be do-able based on the climate at the time, then it is always great to have a dehumidifier.

Molds habitually appear as staining, discoloration, and fuzzy growth on the surface. There are various colors of mold in nature, such as black, white, green, gray, brown, or yellow. And they usually grow from water, spills or moisturized areas.It can be a bit challenging to detect mold growing under the hardwood floor. You can smell it, though. Mold produces a pungent musty smell in your home, and if you smell the musty, pungent, earthy odor, you might have mold under the hardwood floor.

How to Treat It:

Vinegar:

Vinegar - Mold + Hardwood Floors: What to Do?Vinegar has the ability to kill more than 80% of various molds. For the remaining mold species that vinegar alone can’t kill, many people have found great success in pairing white vinegar with baking soda. To kill mold with vinegar,

  1. Ensure you are wearing gloves + face mask
  2. Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle
  3. Spray the moldy area directly.
  4. Allow the vinegar to sit for up to one hour. 
  5. Wipe the area clean with a damp towel and allow the wood to air dry. 

Note: The smell of vinegar will linger on the wood for several hours but will dissipate naturally.

Vodka:

Vodka - Mold + Hardwood Floors: What to Do?When you are in a pinch, vodka actually works super well at getting rid of mold. No need to use the good stuff as rail works just fine. 

  1. Wear face mask + gloves
  2. Fill a spray bottle with some cheap vodka.
  3. Apply it to the affected surface.
  4. Leave for approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Scrub away the mold using a sponge
  6. Ensure there is proper ventilation to dry

Bleach:

bleach - Mold + Hardwood Floors: What to Do?Bleach is actually great for surface mold. You actually want to do a combo between bleach, water, and detergent. With this combo, it will tackle the mold and keep at bay.

  1. Wear gloves + face mask
  2. Fill a spray bottle with 10:1:2 ratio of water, soap, bleach
  3. Spray the solution on the mold or mildew
  4. Let it sit for 5 minutes
  5. Wipe the solution off
  6. Ensure there is proper ventilation to dry

Mold is a health hazard and should be removed before causing harm. Mold can also stain a wood floor and can cause permanent damage. Products formulated for killing mold should be used with care and tested before using. If you are not sure, consider contracting an expert to remove mold from your home.