How to clean mold from a wood floor

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Have you found some mould growing on your beautiful wood floors? It is devastating when this happens, but the good news is that it can be fixed and you don't have to replace your flooring. Hardwood floors are one of the most desirable types of flooring in homes. They look gorgeous, plus they are natural, and they are easier to clean than carpets can be. One of the only downsides is that they can be susceptible to mould. Mould loves wood, and it's actually a food source for mould spores. If you've had water collecting on your hardwood floors for long enough, this creates the an environment that is ideal for mould growth. Mould spores are attracted to the moisture, and they begin to multiply once they have a steady food and water source. If you have found mould growing on your wood floors, the first thing you need to do is find out where the water is coming from and fix the issue. It could be from a leak in a broken pipe or a roof leak.

Also, if you ever leave your mattress directly on the floor with no boxspring underneath it, this can be a very probable cause of mould growth. When you leave a mattress right on the floor with no ventilation underneath it, your sweat and body heat will cause moisture to accumulate under your mattress which will, unfortunately, cause mould to grow if mould spores are present. So never put a mattress directly on the floor. You can even build a simple wooden platform frame with slats in it to allow for air circulation. This will keep your mattress ventilated and mould free. You can also find mould growing under plant pots if they are leaking onto the floor so make sure you always put plates under your pots to catch any water. One user on Instructables teaches us how to remove mould from our wooden floors safely and effectively. You'll also learn what kills mould and how you can prevent it from returning. First, try wiping the mould off of the floor with a cloth or a rag. If your hardwood flooring is properly sealed, you could be able to simply wipe it up with a damp cloth with some white vinegar on it. While vinegar is what kills mould the best and it's usually something people have at home. You could also use tea tree oil if you have some on hand.

If the mould doesn't wipe up easily and it's gotten into the wood fibres, it won't be able to be wiped away, and you'll have to learn how to remove mould from the wood properly. You will need to sand the wood using 100 grit sandpaper first and then 220 grit after. As you're sanding spray the area with some vinegar or tea tree oil, so you're killing the mould spores so they don't spread. Next get rid of any sawdust using a vacuum and then refinish the area of the floor. You can use a water-based polyurethane with low-odour to seal the area applying a couple of coats. If your flooring is finished in an oil-based sealant, you will notice a difference between the water-based and oil-based sealants. So if this is an issue for you, you may want to re-finish your entire floors in the room the mould was in. If it's just a small area, you probably won't notice the sealant difference. Plus you'll be free of the mould that was once there which is the main thing. Try out these cleaning tips and tricks to remove mould from your floors.***

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