How to Kill Mold on a Sidewalk
Mold is found everywhere outdoors, and will readily turn into visible mold growth if given the right conditions. A shaded and moist sidewalk, such as those found near a sprinkler or under a tree, can quickly become overgrown with mold.
Things You Will Need
- Pressure washer
- Mold and fungus retardant
- Household bleach
- Gallon-size plastic bucket
- Broom or shop brush
- Water hose
- Mildewcide spray
Not only may the mold stain the concrete, but it may also pose a safety hazard due to mold's slippery nature. Clean your sidewalk and kill the mold to improve the sidewalk's appearance and protect your family.
Shoot down the sidewalk with a pressure washer to quickly clean the sidewalk and remove all mold growth. Sweep the washer's water jet from side to side and evenly cover the entire sidewalk surface, including areas that do not have visible mold growth.
Treat the sidewalk with a mold and fungus retardant to prevent the mold from growing back. Such products, which inhibit mold spores, can be obtained from a hardware store. Apply according to the product's guidelines, as chemical formulations vary by product.
Mix a homemade bleach killer if you do not have a pressure washer. Pour 4 cups of water and 1 cup of household bleach into a plastic bucket. Slosh the solution onto the mold growth. Allow the solution to sit on the mold for 30 minutes.
Scrub the bleached area with a broom or shop brush after the area has soaked in the solution. The bleach will kill the mold, but scrubbing is required to remove remaining mold stains and fibers. Scrub clean, then rinse thoroughly with a water hose.
Spray the mold with a mildewcide spray. This method is best for spot treatments on sidewalks that have limited amounts of mold growth. Spray onto the mold according to the product's guidelines. Most mildewcides do not need to be rinsed and will also retard future mold growth.
Wear safety apparel, such as gloves and a face mask, when applying chemicals to the sidewalk.
- Wear safety apparel, such as gloves and a face mask, when applying chemicals to the sidewalk.
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