Mold problems are more common in the kitchen than the other parts of a house. That is because of the high moisture content.
The steam generated from cooking or boiling water, the water running from the taps, and the cool air from the fridge that goes out every time we open it all cause moisture.
Add the fresh produce sitting on the counter. There’s no wonder why the kitchen makes a perfect place for mold to grow and thrive.
Eliminating mold in the kitchen is something every homeowner should prioritize as it does not only lead to costly repairs.
Mold is among the most dangerous organisms that can easily grow in your kitchen surfaces, contaminating your food and exposing your family to varying health problems from nasal stuffiness to coughing, skin and throat irritation, digestive problems, food poisoning, and infections.
If you see any sign of mold build-up in your kitchen, here are things you should do:
1. Clean existing mold.
Minor mold build-up can be addressed using ordinary household cleaning products. When scrubbing off mold on any surface, such as the wall, cabinet or kitchen sink, make sure to wear hand gloves as protection. Major mold infestations, however, require professional mold remediation services. There are few types of mold, such as black mold, which are highly toxic. Removing them requires precautions and some specialized cleaning tools and products.
2. Keep moisture levels down.
During and after the cleanup, use air mover fans to keep moisture out. This special equipment is designed to blow lower to the ground at high speeds, forcing water and moisture to evaporate quickly.
The mold remediation professionals you hire would most likely have air movers. Ask them for additional recommendations on how to eliminate moisture in your home. Installing a dehumidifier is also a great way to keep your kitchen dry.
3. Regularly clean the refrigerator.
Mold likes to feed on your food too, especially those that have been stocked on your fridge for so long.
Dispose old food immediately and clean the inside and outside surfaces of your refrigerator on a regular basis. Furthermore, make sure to empty the garbage bin every day.
It’s a common source of toxic cold. Make sure that the trash bin is covered all the time because mold travels through air.
4. Repair leaks.
When there’s leak, most likely there is mold. Do check for leaks in your sink, faucet, and plumbing fixtures, as well as pipes. Have them repaired by professionals as soon as possible.
5. Keep the sink clean and dry.
The sink (which is often wet) is a perfect place for mold, especially if there’s always leftover food particles, as well as grease or grime. After using the sink, give it a good clean too.
Scrub its entire surfaces to get rid of the grease and grime. The drain in your kitchen sink can be a source of mold too. You want to clean it as well.
Mold in the kitchen is every homeowner’s nightmare. Thankfully, there are ways to deal with it. By following these tips and suggestions, you can eliminate and prevent mold build-up in your kitchen, and make this place healthier and safer for your family.