Anywhere you find a source of moisture, there is a very good chance you will also find mold and mildew in San Diego. Although mold and mildew serve an important function, the aid in the decomposition of organic matter such as leaves, they also can cause serious problems. People who live in a home with mold and mildew often suffer from runny eyes, breathing problems, sinus blockage and headaches. The very young and the elderly are usually affected worst.

If you have an area in your house where there is the potential of very high humidity or damage caused by water, there probably will be mildew. Mildew is the early stages of mold. Mildew can begin to develop with 24 hours of being subjected to damp, it can grow wood, cardboard, wallpaper, draperies as well as food. Once it begins to grow, the spores become airborne and in no time at all, the spores can contaminate other parts of your home. Eventually the spores will destroy everything they grow on, and the health problems can be quite severe.

However, all is not lost. There are ways to remove and prevent the re-growth of mold and mildew in San Diego.

Before you start, arm yourself with the following equipment:

* Rubber gloves

* Bucket and stiff bristle brush

* Vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment

* Mop and sponges

* Detergent, soap or any non-ammonia commercial cleanser

* Chlorine bleach

The bathrooms in your house are natural targets for the development of mold and mildew in San Diego, they are damp, warm and normally the humidity is high. The first thing to do in the fight against mildew and mold is make sure the room is well ventilated, an exhaust fan is ideal for keeping the air moving. Other good habits to get into are:

* Hang towels flat so they dry quicker

* Wipe down the shower walls with a clean rag or squeegee after the last use of the day

* Use shower curtains that dry quickly and are easy to clean the soap residue from

To keep your shower curtain free from mold, wash it in a solution of one gallon of hot water and ½ cup of liquid disinfectant. Rinse it in a mixture of one cup lemon juice, one cup salt and a gallon of hot water. These actions will destroy the mold, now you can wash and rinse the curtain as you would other fabrics.

Fabric and upholstery:

Take any furniture or fabric that has mold or mildew outside to stop the spread of spores. Brush it hard, removing as much of the visible mold as possible. Fabric and upholstery should then be wiped or laundered in a solution of oxygen bleach and hot water. Chlorine bleach will damage the colors so avoid using it.

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