How to Prevent Mold and Mildew on Windows

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  • Mark Hladky
  • Are you concerned about mold on your windows?  Window mold can be an issue for anyone.  The mold most commonly found around windows is black mold.  Black mold is unsightly, and it can cause health problems.  Luckily, it is often easy to remove.  Preventing black mold and removing it should be important to every home owner.

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    Prepare to Remove Mold

    First, you’ll need to remove black mold before you can prevent its further growth.  Understand that exposure to mold can have negative effects on your health.  It is important that every person cleaning mold should wear rubber gloves, safety glasses, and a face mask.  You will also need paper towels, detergent or a baking soda and vinegar solution, and bleach.

     

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    Clean existing mold

    Are you ready?  Now that you’re wearing the proper safety equipment, dampen the mold so that spores do not spread while cleaning.  Use either the detergent or a baking soda and vinegar solution to clean the mold and remove it from the window.  Last, use a bleach and water solution to clean the area the mold was growing and kill the mold.

     

    Three Precautions

    After you’ve removed the window mold from your window, you can take precautions to prevent it from regrowing.  There are three major precautions you should take.  The precautions are: reduce moisture, remove moisture, and to make sure the area around any window susceptible to mold stays clean.

     

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    Ventilation

    To reduce moisture, you should look for ways of increasing ventilation in an area.  Ventilation allows moisture to dissipate more easily.  In warmer months, consider opening windows at night time.  Make sure to use your bathroom’s fan when taking a shower, and use your oven’s overhead fan if boiling water.  If an area in your home is noticeably damper than other areas, consider buying a dehumidifier.

     

    check for moisture

    Next, you need to ensure that any area that tends to grow mold stays dry.  Use a towel to dry any water that accumulates on or near windows.  Sometimes, you may find condensation on your windows, and it is important to dry it.  Other times, an issue with gutters may cause water to pass over a window, so it may be necessary to fix any issues with gutters.  Last, check any leaks in the windows or around the windows.  The main cause of mold is a buildup of moisture, and if water can seep through the windows, moisture will accumulate.

     

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    The final precaution to take to protect against window mold is to ensure the cleanliness of the room where there is a moldy window.  Dust and vacuum the room often, and clean the offending windows.  Vacuuming and dusting will take care of any mold spores in the dust.  As for the window, remember that vinegar and baking soda make a great cleaning solution.

     

    Good Luck!

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