Preventing Mold In Your Kitchen
For many people the thought of having mold in their home is disturbing. But before you jump to conclusions, make sure you really understand what mold is. Mold is not a plant or an animal. It is a type of fungus and a fact of life.
Mold may be growing in your Twin Falls home and you don’t even know it, that’s because mold loves dark, warm, humid places to live. Your kitchen is at risk for mold and bacteria growth because of the constant contact with moisture. When the conditions are right, mold can grow within 24-48 hours.
Leaving mold untreated can cause respiratory illnesses as well as be a major factor for year round allergies. That is why it is so important to kill mold at first sight. Out-of-control mold can negatively affect your health and may cost many thousands of dollars to mitigate. Learning how to prevent mold in the kitchen is particularly important, as moisture and heat make the kitchen a dangerous place for household mold.
Mold also eats away at wood, which has the potential to ruin kitchen floors and wooden kitchen window frames. Making use of a few useful tips can help you address mold quickly in your Twin Falls home. Follow these tips from On the Spot Cleaning & Restoration on ways to prevent and control mold growth in your home.
Control Humidity to Prohibit Mold Growth
Mold can easily grow in your kitchen if the humidity stays at a high level for a long period of time. Some of the big causes of humidity in the kitchen are steam from boiling the kettle, liquids spilled during cooking that aren’t cleaned up and subsequently evaporate into the air, and steam from cooking food or from washing dishes.
To decrease the humidity in your kitchen you should ventilate regularly by opening windows or doors. Make sure to clean up any spilled liquid quickly as well. Exhaust fans can also help decrease the humidity caused by cooking.
Food and Garbage Can Cause Mold Growth
Always clear old food out of the refrigerator. If you don’t plan to eat it, throw it out immediately. It’s also a good idea to do a thorough cleaning of your fridge monthly. Garbage is moist and has organic material where molds can easily grow. Use a smaller garbage can that holds a single day’s worth of garbage and empty it daily to prevent growth of mold.
Mold in the Kitchen Sink
Mold can easily grow in your sink if there’s left over food particles or a layer of grease or grime. Mold growth in the sink should be easy to remove, just scrub it away using water from the tap. Giving the whole sink a cleaning can help prevent mold from coming back.
If there’s mold in the drain of your kitchen sink try removing the drain grate and scrubbing down inside the drain. If you are unable to reach the mold, this might require that you unscrew the drainpipe under the sink. Run garbage disposals every day and clean frequently. It’s also a good idea to pour a few cups of vinegar down there once a week to prevent mold and to kill off any existing mold growth.
Mold can also grow underneath the kitchen sink when moisture builds up there from leaks or from condensation on the pipes. Check under your sink regularly to check for mold and/or moisture that could lead to mold.
Promptly Remove Mold
Mold spores are everywhere, and it is likely that you will or have already experienced mold growing in your Twin Falls kitchen. When you notice mold growth, take swift action to clean and remove the mold before it becomes a much larger problem. If you have a recurring mold problem in your kitchen, take the steps outline above to reduce your indoor humidity and food sources for mold to grow.
When it comes to larger scale occurrences of mold, you may require the help of a mold removal professional. If you have a persistent mold problem, have a large area covered in mold, or suspect that you may have hidden mold growing in your home, don’t hesitate to call On the Spot Cleaning and Restoration to complete a mold inspection and determine the best method for mold removal.
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