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What Is Surface Mold and How to Clean It

Are you struggling to clean surface mold? Here's how.

A considerable number of homes deal with mold infestation. However, the trick is stopping them before they take control of your home.

Surface mold refers to microorganisms that appear in different areas of your home including the bathroom and walls. You can easily wipe off these molds off the surface with a cleaning agent and damp cloth.

Mildew is a type of surface mold that grows on the surface of items in wet conditions. The removal of mildew demands appropriate cleaning solutions for every surface.

The persistent problem occurs particularly in warm, humid climates and can be problematic during winter. 

To prevent mildew and eradicate it after its formation, it's necessary you understand what it is, its sources, and how you can stop it.

How to Identify Surface Mold

You will often recognize surface mold on books, textiles, and other household materials by an unpleasant musty smell and discoloration.

You can identify the surface fungi as a patch of white fungus that appears on various surfaces. You can easily remove it with a brush and cleaner.

The mold grows on anything from which it can obtain sufficient food. In homes, they often develop on cotton, silk, and leather.

Besides being unsightly, surface mold generates an unpleasant odor, and frequently functions as an allergen that could generate medical problems.

How to Clean Surface Mold

Mold and the Bathroom

If black stains cover your walls, you should seek assistance because it may indicate signs of a bigger issue.

To eliminate occasional black or brown spots from painted walls, combine a solution of 1-cup chlorine bleach and a gallon of warm water. Meanwhile, wear rubber gloves, dip a brush and scour the area.

Take care not to splash nearby fabrics or yourself.  Allow the solution to set a few minutes; rinse using a wet cloth.

It's even easier to clean the plastic shower-curtain liner: launder it in hot water with chlorine bleach and hot water on the gentle cycle. When it's dry enough for carrying, re-hang and spread on the rod.

Cleaning Furniture Mold

Wooden pieces that end up in a humid area frequently get stained and emit a stale smell. Vacuum the pieces using the soft brush to eliminate loose spores.

Whisk some dish washing liquid into warm water, insert a cloth, and wring well. Wipe the stains quickly (avoid excess wetting of the wood).

Rinse, just as fast using a damp cloth. For musty smells, sprinkle baking powder in the drawers. Ensure you vacuum after a few hours.

Cleaning Solutions that Aid Removal of Surface Mold


Bleach and ammonia are equally efficient in the fight against mildew and mold. However, each has unique applications, and you should never combine the two. Use ammonia for these functions and ensure the area has sufficient ventilation. Ensure you wear rubber gloves:


Bleach is useful for eliminating mildew outside and inside your home. It is particularly suited for these chores:


To remove surface mold on clothes, prepare a paste of salt and lemon juice, rubbing it in the affected area. Afterwards, dry your clothes in the sun.

Repeat this process until the stain disappears. This works well on clothes with rust stains.

While surface mold can be problematic during warm and cold weather, efficient approaches to avoiding related problems is maintaining dryness and cleanliness.

Once surface mold emerges, ensure removal takes place as soon as possible. It's also important to take precautions to avoid its return.

If you require assistance, please contact us to discuss how we can help: (416) 414-5690

Did you know?

Using biocides or bleach to kill mould does not have any advantages. Dead mould is just as toxic as mould that is alive. Cleaning or removing mould without protecting the rest of the building or unaffected areas can in some cases spread the mould contamination. In some cases the mould becomes harder and more expensive to clean up. Some mould inspection companies lack the equipment or experience to properly assess you mould issue. They are cheaper...but are they worth it?

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