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Home remedy to remove mold from wallpaper

Updated February 21, 2017

Mold is a microscopic fungus that grows on damp surfaces within 24 to 28 hours. The fungus is a necessary part of the environment but is unhealthy on surfaces within your home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Removing mould from surfaces like wallpaper is a challenging task. You do not want to damage the wallpaper, but you do want to remove the fungus. There is a home remedy you use that consists of a 10 per cent solution of chlorine bleach and some light wiping of the wallpaper.

Homemade Mold Remedy

To make the mould remedy, pour 1 1/4 cups chlorine bleach into a bucket or other large container and then add 1 gallon warm water. You will want to wear safety goggles, nose mask and latex gloves to keep from breathing in the mixture and the mould present in the room or area you are cleaning. Stir the mixture with a long-handled spoon or brush. In another bucket, mix 1 cup non-ammonia detergent (liquid washing powder or dish washing soap) and 1 gallon warm water. You will also need plenty of clean rags or sponge, a scrub brush and some trash bags.

Remove the Mold

Before you attempt to remove the mould from the wallpaper and any surface around the wallpaper, make sure the room or area is well ventilated. Open all windows and doors leading into and out of the area. You want fresh air flowing through the room, not stale.

To remove the mould from the wallpaper, place a trash bag underneath the spot where the mould is present on the wallpaper. Use a rag or scrub brush soaked in the soap solution to remove the mould gently from the wallpaper. The mould will start to fall on to the trash bag. Wet a rag or sponge with the cleaning solution, wring any excess solution out and apply the remedy to the mould. Let the solution sit on the wallpaper for 10 minutes and then start wiping the mould from the wallpaper. Wipe slowly to keep the solution within the area where the mould is present. Continue wiping until the mould is gone. Rinse the area with warm water. To dry the wallpaper, apply a dry cloth to the wall and pat the surface dry.

Clean Up

Clean up any buckets, brushes and supplies you used with the soap solution. Also, clean any baseboards and floors under the wallpaper with the soap solution. Rinse the baseboards and floors with warm water. Discard the rags or sponge you used to clean the mould. If you see any mould present on the baseboards or other surfaces, use the 10 per cent bleach solution instead of the soap solution. Do not use the soap solution on the wallpaper you just treated for mould.

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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.