For you to understand how to get rid of mold on windows, it’s important first to understand what causes mold to grow. Mold will only grow if moisture, nutrients and suitable temperature for growth are available. Of these 3 factors, it’s only moisture that we can easily control. To control moisture, we need to know the sources of moisture in a building.
How get rid of mold on windows by controlling moisture
The cause of mold growth around windowsills is condensation on windows. Condensation occurs on window glass because of the temperature difference between the inside and the outside. This happens when the outside temperature is cold and the inside temperature is warm. If you have mold growth on windowsills, you may have seen moisture running down the window and collecting on the windowsills. This moisture is sufficient to cause mold growth. Some molds require very little moisture to grow. Moisture condensation on windows, walls or pipes is an indication of high humidity. It is recommended that when you see moisture condensation on windows you dry it quickly within 24-48 hours so as to control mold growth.
According to EPA, the following steps can help reduce humidity in the house and hence reduce moisture condensation:
1. Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible.
2. Use air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers when needed.
3. Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, or running the dishwasher, etc.
How to get rid of mold on windows if it had already grown
If mold had already grown on windowsills it can be removed. You can clean mold areas that are less than 1 square meter. If the area covered by the mold is greater than 1 square meter, consider hiring a qualified mold removal contractor. To clean up small areas of mold growth, Health Canada recommends the following steps:
•Wear suitable protective clothing including a long sleeve shirt, appropriate and properly fitted dust mask, safety glasses or goggles and rubber gloves. These items are generally available in local stores.
•Clean the mold with water containing a bit of detergent and then rinse with clean water. If you are cleaning drywall, you can use baking soda instead of dish detergent.
. Do not allow the drywall to get too wet. After clean up the mold, dry the place completely otherwise the wet conditions will promote further mold growth.
To ensure mold does not grow again, fix the moisture problem. That is how to get rid of mold on windows and other areas in your home.