How to Remove Mildew from a Wooden Window Frame

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Mould can cause a lot of problems in the home if it's left unchecked. It can cause damage to your home, and it can also cause health issues. Black mould has been shown to cause minor and major health issues like respiratory issues, neurological issues and digestive issues. So needless to say, if you discover mould in your home, you'll want to start cleaning it up immediately. You can also have a professional come to your home and check it out for any further mould issues that you might not be able to see. Sometimes there's mould in the walls, which needs to be taken care of by professional mould removal experts, but if it's just surface mould, you can clean it up on your own using cleaning tips from the internet. Some of the most common places to find mould and mildew will be in your bathroom, basement, attic and on your window frames. Mould thrives wherever there is moisture, so especially if you have a humid home, mould will probably be found. Mould can cause damage to your wooden window frames, so it's important to clean it up right away so it doesn't get any deeper into the wood. Removing this type of surface mould is pretty easy, and you don't need any fancy cleaners to do it. Just some simple bleach or white vinegar, laundry detergent and water.

Make the cleaning solution by putting a capful of laundry detergent and a quarter of a cup of bleach into some warm water in a large cleaning bucket, and mix them well. You may also want to wear some gloves to protect your hands, and when you're cleaning up mould, it's a good idea to wear a mask and eye protection too. Getting mould spores in your nose and eyes could be harmful to your health. If your windows are up high, get up on a ladder with your cleaning solution, but if they are down low, just remove anything that's around or on the window sill to get good access to the window frame. You can put the cleaner in a spray bottle to make it easier, and just simply spray the mouldy area with the cleaner. Allow the cleaning solution to work on the mould by leaving it there for several minutes. Then, scrub the area with a disposable sponge. Then, rise the area well with some clean water and disinfect the window with some undiluted bleach and then rinse with some water again.

Once you're all done the cleaning part, make sure you allow the window frames to dry completely. Dry them off with a dry cloth and let them air dry for a full day. Creating a perfectly dry area is very important to prevent the mould from growing back. You can also apply some antifungal paint once the surface is dry. Get a stain or paint that has antifungal properties and paint or stain the frame with the paint or stain of your choice. Doing this will keep any mould or mildew from growing on the surface again. Also, apply a clear varnish coat to protect the wood. Once you've had mould on your window frames, you'll want to keep an eye on them. So be sure to check the windows in your home regularly for mould to ensure it isn't coming back. If it is, then treat it immediately by following the cleaning tips from Do It Yourself. Remember, if it becomes a reoccurring thing, you may have to get the professionals in, or you may have to replace your windows with some newer ones.***

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