How to Remove Mold From Cabinets
Mold is a common household problem that can cause a great deal of damage. Mold feeds off the item it is growing on, and can deteriorate it beyond repair. Mold will also stain the item and spread to other areas. Mold thrives in dark, moist environments. Cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms offer the ideal growing environment for mold spores. To prevent mold from damaging your cabinets, remove it as soon as possible.
Remove all contents from inside the cabinets. If the mold is present only outside the cabinets, skip this step.
Fill a spray bottle with water. Saturate the surface mold with the water. Wipe the mold off the cabinets with a damp cloth. This will lessen the chance of mold spores being released in the air during the cleaning process.
Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Add 1/4 cup of bleach and 2 drops of liquid dish soap. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
Saturate a sponge in the mixture. Hold the sponge over the bucket and wring out the excess liquid. The sponge should be damp, not soggy.
Scrub the cabinets gently with the sponge. When the sponge becomes dirty or dry, submerge it in the solution, and wring out the excess liquid.
Continue scrubbing the cabinets until all mold is removed. Rinse the cabinets by wiping with a clean, damp cloth. Allow the cabinets to air-dry. Point fans in the direction of the cabinets to speed up the drying process.
- To prevent skin irritation, wear rubber gloves when working with bleach.
- For an all-natural mold killer, use undiluted white vinegar to clean and kill the fungus.
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or products containing ammonia. The resulting fumes are toxic.
Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.