Getting Rid of Mold in Closets

Everything from your everyday outfit to winter jackets to domestic odds and ends can be found in your closets. Mold, on the other hand, is something you don’t want to find in your closet.

Mold is a fungus that grows in damp settings. Because closets are generally dark, damp, and have limited ventilation, they are great breeding grounds for mold. It grows in drywall or carpeting in the back of closets, and it can spread to clothing or other objects in the closet.

Mold may cause a variety of health issues, including skin irritation and respiratory problems. If you have mold in your closet, you must act quickly to eradicate it. We always advocate hiring a professional to remove mold, but if the mold is just in a small area (less than ten square feet), this article will go through various at-home treatments you may attempt if you take basic precautions.

What is Causing Mold to Grow in the Closet?

Because closets are often darker and damper than other rooms in the house, they are ideal breeding grounds for mold. When humidity levels rise, condensation can accumulate on the walls, floors, wood shelves, and hanging garments—especially if your closet lacks sufficient ventilation or air movement.

Moldy closets can be caused by many factors, including humidity, faulty plumbing, and attic mold. Mold and mildew might form as a result of a pipe leaking behind the closet walls. In the same way, mold in the attic or a leaking roof may seep into closets or other lower-level rooms.

What Are Some Signs of Mold Growing in Your Closet? 

The development of visible mold in closets is the most evident indicator of mold. This fungus, which can be black, green, or white, can grow on walls, floors, ceilings, and even clothing. However, because not all mold is visible, you should be aware of the following indicators of a mold problem:

  • Unpleasant smells, which can be a musty odor, earthy, or cheesy 
  • Increased relative humidity levels in the closet 
  • Spots on the walls or closet ceiling that look different from the surrounding surface 
  • Brown or black spots on the closet floor or carpeting 
  • Unexplained health issues including allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and headaches

If you suspect mold growth in your house, you should always contact a professional who can test your air and identify whether or not mold is present.

How to Treat Mold Growth in Closets

Mold, particularly toxic mold, maybe deadly, thus we always advise calling a professional to treat the matter. If the mold is only in a tiny area (less than ten square feet), you can cure it with some basic home products. Keep in mind that these aren’t the identical processes that a mold removal expert would employ.

If you decide to do the mold remediation yourself, always use caution and use adequate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), such as rubber gloves, eye protection/goggles, and an N-95 mask while working with mold. Never attempt to remove big amounts of mold on your own; leave it to the pros.

  1. Remove everything from the closet and carefully clean it. All intact garments and linens should be washed, while clearly dirty items should be discarded. The floor should be vacuumed or swept, and the walls should be scrubbed. To protect everything while you work, cover the closet floor and any furniture you can’t remove with a sheet or plastic covering.
  2. Disinfect the whole closet using a disinfectant. You may use distilled white vinegar as a starting point. Simply fill a spray bottle with vinegar and squirt it straight on the moldy area. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes before cleaning.
  3. Allow the closet to dry after rinsing everything with new water and cloths.
  4. To aid in ventilation, place a box fan in the closet and leave it on for 24 hours. Remove any excess moisture and thoroughly dry the area. This is critical since any lingering moisture will lead to mold development, which will put you right back where you started.
  5. Re-clean the closet once a week for four weeks to guarantee that the mold is completely gone.

It’s always advisable to contact a professional if you suspect mold in your house. An expert can test your air and determine if mold is present. Besides an unpleasant smell, mold can cause health and home problems.

If you locate mold or see any indicators of probable development, call Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota for immediate assistance. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Our mold removal experts are trained to treat your mold problem with care and compassion.

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