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How to Get Rid of Fungus

It gets annoying when you have fungus growing on your walls or furniture as you either have to undertake the tedious task of repainting and renovating the home, or giving away your furniture. It usually accumulates in places that retain moisture or are not properly ventilated. Fungus or mold usually develops in washrooms and dark corners of wardrobes and cabinets. It could impact your health and leave unsightly stains in the affected areas.

Fungus releases spores in the air that can have harmful implications for your health. People with allergies, sinuses and asthma are not well-suited for living in a house that has fungus.

To remove fungus, you can take the following measures:

Fungus on walls

  • Allow ventilation

Make sure that the areas in the house that are likely to retain moisture are properly ventilated. All airflow so that the house remains dry after cleaning. Get exhaust systems installed or small windows fixed in your kitchens or washrooms.

Leave the doors and windows open for a few hours to de-humidify the house. Don’t leave wet clothes or sheets lying around for too long. Clean and dry the kitchen counter before bed.

  • Fix the dampness

Check where the moisture is coming from. When there are leaks or holes in the pipes, it would lead to seepage and mold on the walls and ceilings. Try to fix it as soon as possible because it spreads to the rest of the house.

When spores begin spreading to the rest of the walls and ceilings, it could cause serious breathing problems and allergic reactions. It would also give a musty smell around the house. Another sign is that the paint starts peeling off walls and ceilings and that’s when the heating system becomes ineffective.

  • Clean the house

To avoid growth of fungus in the first place, clean and sweep your house on a regular basis. Clean especially the hidden corners of the house and dark places inside cabinets. Use surface cleaners to clean washroom tiles and always allow air circulation so that no area remains humid. Humidity and moisture would not just cause fungus but invite other pests as well.

Use bleach occasionally on the tiles and the hidden corners to prevent fungus. Clean beneath the carpets as fungus on the floor can spread to carpets, rugs or mats around the house. Wear gloves and mask before using bleach.

  • Use Marmorino plaster

Marmorino plaster – made of lime or Venetian plaster -- is effective in combating humidity. The material allows humidity to escape and enables the walls to breathe. This helps in preventing moisture in the walls, cracks and paint from peeling off.

Go for lime plaster instead of acrylic and synthetic plasters because they retain moisture quickly and begin to peel off. With lime plaster, you would not have to deal with mold because the plaster keeps getting stronger over time. You can use it in kitchens and washrooms and you wouldn’t have to worry about humidity.

  • Wipe with bleach or vinegar  

For this technique you need to keep yourself properly covered from head to toe to avoid skin rashes, burning, irritation and allergies. In a bucket of water, pour a little amount of bleach.

Wear gloves, goggles, mask and old clothes to perform the remedy. Soak cloth into the mixture, squeeze it and rub it on the affected areas.

If you want to use vinegar, pour vinegar in a spray bottle; apply to the affected areas and wipe with cloth. Repeat the process every few days depending on the severity of the issue.

Use brushes with strong bristles to scrub the walls and ceilings.

  • Use a mold-cleansing detergent

Get a professional mold-cleanser from a local store and begin the treatment by covering yourself and repeating the remedy a few times a month to get rid of it completely and prevent future growth.

  • West-open houses

When buying or renting a new house, consider those that are west-open. Otherwise, without sufficient air circulation, houses accumulate humidity and start generating musty smells around the house. It would also take more effort to clean the house extensively every time when there is no ventilation.

  • Upgrade Insulation

You may want to upgrade your insulation system if the problem has gotten out of hand.

Fungus on household items

Don’t leave wet towels where they are. Over time, they accumulate a musty smell and could lead to mold developing on the areas that they remain in contact with. Never leave wet clothes lying around. Sun-dry them as soon as you wash clothes or use the towels. Replace old clothes with new clothes.

  • Silicone Gel packets

You can easily get silicone packets from the pharmacy or save those that come in medicine bottles. They are there to prevent the medicines from sticking to each other in the first place. Don’t discard the, place a few packets inside wardrobes, cabinets, purses, bookshelves and shoes. They are effective in absorbing moisture.

  • Sun-dry items

Old books are prone to developing fungus; therefore, put them in the sunlight for a few hours and repeat the process every few months.

Similarly, put mattresses out in the sun for several hours, especially when used by children.

  • Vacuum and sweep

If there is mold developing on small furniture items, place them out in the sun for several hours. Vacuum on the affected areas and use a specialized product with cloth to remove the mold. Also use a strong-bristle brush to scrub the areas.  

Get customized products to treat the affected areas and prevent mold from growing again. Identify where the fungus is growing from. Fix the cracks in walls and holes in pipes before seepage spreads to the rest of the house. If the issue is serious, install de-humidifiers to prevent fungus from developing or spreading again.  

Solutions Pest & Lawn has Fungus Solutions For Your Lawn

Believe it or not, fungus can even appear on your lawn. Luckily Solutions Pest & Lawn has the answer in the form of the various fungicides we carry. What fungicide would be best for your issue depends on the type of fungus you have. Is the fungus dollar spot? Is it Pythium blight, anthracnose or brown patch? If you don’t know what we’re talking about we have a Disease and Fungus page where you can learn about the various types of fungus.

If you need help identifying the fungus on your lawn, take a photo of it and send it to us at identification@solutionsstores.com and we will help you not only ID the fungus but also give you solutions in the form of fungicides such as Patch Pro Fungicide or Consan 20 Fungicide

Conclusion

Fungus is an unsightly issue when it creeps up on your belongings or property. We hope with the help of our DIY tips and product suggestions you and your home become fungus free. For more information and DIY advices contact us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with a rep online!  





 

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