More than just an eyesore, mold can trigger allergies and other respiratory problems. A window casing is one of the areas where mold is commonly found. In this blog, windows and patio doors company, Renewal by Andersen® of San Diego, shares tips on how to remove mold from window casings and stop them from growing back.
Always Wear Protective Equipment
Never handle cleaning products or mold with your bare hands. Always wear gloves and safety glasses while cleaning window casings. You should likewise protect areas around the windows by placing tarp, drop cloths or plastic sheets on the floor. You will handle bleach at some point so cover the carpets. All kinds of window treatments must be removed.
Use a Mild Cleaning Solution
Fortunately, mold doesn’t form roots or anything similar, and won’t require special tools or products to remove. However, you will be in close proximity with the spores, so the first thing you should do is dampen the moldy areas using water from a spray bottle. This prevents spores from being dispersed.
You can then prepare a mild cleaning solution by mixing a few drops of dish detergent on warm water. Wet the paper towels with the cleaning solution to wipe the mold off. You may need to use a stepladder if doing the same on a sliding glass door. Make sure the used paper towels are placed in a resealable bag. Mold that can’t be wiped off can be brushed off using a plastic scraper.
Prevent Mold From Growing Back
A mild bleach solution made of up to half a cup of bleach mixed with a gallon of water can help eliminate the remaining mold spores. Scrubbing the window casings with this mixture and leaving it on for about 15 minutes is enough to clean the remnants. That said, be careful when handling bleach as it could damage the carpeting. Rinse the window casings with clean tap water, and let the windows air dry before closing.
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