Spring Cleaning Checklist
With warmer temperatures on the horizon it’s a great idea to add a thorough mold check to your spring cleaning checklist. Mold thrives in moist environments, and with the great amounts of rain and snowmelt that arrived early this year in Ontario, wet basements, attics, and other parts of the home should be top in the mind of homeowners everywhere.
Spring Cleaning Checklist
Mold can cause discomfort, property damage, and negative health effects regardless of your age, sickness, or general health. Common symptoms of mold growth in the home include itchy watery eyes, sneezing, and persistent headaches. To grow, mold only needs a stable temperature, an organic material, and water to set up a colony that can quickly spread throughout your home.
Checking for Mold:
Your spring cleaning checklist should include a check for mold wherever there is moisture present in your home. That includes the obvious places, like under the kitchen sink, around the washer, or inside the bathroom. It should also include the attic, in places where there has been water leakage in the past, and in the basement, especially in dark corners or where exterior landscaping may cause water to pool. Mold can often be seen by the naked eye, appearing as a stain, a furry growth, or even just pinpricks of colour. If there is anything in your home that you suspect might be mold growth, the safest thing to do is call a professional mold specialist to determine what it is, and to facilitate removal if necessary.
When getting rid of accumulated dirt and dust, it’s important to choose your tools wisely. Harsh chemicals may contain Volatile Organic Compounds that can cause allergies and other poor health effects, so it’s important to be mindful of how you achieve your spring cleaning checklist. Household cleaners, bleaches, and germicides are not effective against mold growth, and can even help spread the problem to other areas of your home. If you’ve noticed mold, the only way to remove it for good is with the tools and expertise of a professional.
Dust, Wipe and Vacuum
Mold likes to grow on organic materials; wood, paper, textiles, grout, and drywall are all common materials. While dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down surfaces is likely already a part of your spring cleaning checklist, it can also have the added bonus of cleaning and removing spores or food sources that mold needs to grow.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
Lastly, when everything washed clean, get rid of and donate those old clothes, unused furniture, and junk that’s hanging around your home. You’ll not only feel better for it, but you’ll also free up valuable space.
Change batteries and test appliances:
Another good spring cleaning checklist task is to visit each of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Test them to ensure they’re in good working order, remove any collected dust, and replace the old batteries with fresh ones.
This March, add a mold inspection to your spring cleaning checklist for peace of mind and a healthier, safer home environment.