Mildew is quite common in foreclosed homes. This is due to the fact that they are usually sealed up tight for three or four months. When the air is stagnant and dark, and a little bit of moisture is present, these are ideal conditions for growing mold and mildew in your home. In today’s uncertain economic conditions, there are still a lot of foreclosed homes. Two of my friends have actually gone through home foreclosure recently. It is quite sad that it is happening to so many Americans. If you are interested in buying a foreclosed home, you have the opportunity to save yourself a lot of money. One thing that you need to be careful when you buy a foreclosed home is you need to make sure it does not have any mold or mildew in it. It costs about $300 to have it inspected, and it is worth it just to make sure that there are no problems with mold or mildew. Mold and mildew are like cancer, once you have it, you are a lot more likely to get it again. Also, like cancer, they can eventually destroy a house, especially if it is not taken care of properly. I have purchased several cheap properties, and it seems like these old houses are a magnet for mold and mildew. Keep in mind that when you buy an older home, you need to be extra careful, otherwise you could end up with lots of mold and mildew related problems and expensive repairs that you’ll have to do deal with.
How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew
For most types of drywall mildew or mold, you can make a spray solution of diluted bleach and water. You typically want to dilute about 3 tablespoons of bleach for one quart of water. To use, you simply spray it on and then allow it a few minutes to kill the fungus, spores. Bleach or Clorox are both excellent for mildew removal. Then you wipe it clean. Make sure that you get rid of all the stain, or else the mold and mildew is likely to come back. Another idea for helping you get rid of mold and mildew is to rent a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier is an excellent tool for pulling the moisture out of the air. Once the moisture is out of the air, the fungus that causes mold and mildew has a hard time growing. It will also start to dry out which will make removing mildew even easier.
Usually, mold on grout is easier to clean. You can clean this the same way as you cleaned the drywall, or you can even use a steam cleaner to clean it off. Either way, you should be able to get it done quickly and easily.