Finding black mold in your home is not something that you should take lightly as it has the ability to ruin any surface it is found growing on. It is also very dangerous if left untreated, since black mold exposure can have a lot of nasty consequences for your health. As a result, treating black mold as soon as possible and as effectively as possible is vital.
How does one go about DIY black mold removal, however? Is a baking soda or simple white vinegar solution viable against black mold? Or is black mold dangerous enough for you to call a professional in your fight to kill mold?
While some mold infestations - particularly by black mold - certainly require professional attention, there are products available that can help you battle black mold yourself as well. Below we’ve compiled a list of the products we would recommend to any home owner that’s faced with a black mold infestation. These products include several mold-killing sprays and a very effective set of mold cleaning scrubbing brushes, all of which can be an effective weapon against black mold. Once you have your mold problem under control, be sure to paint the affected areas with mold paint to prevent the problem from reoccuring.
Let’s start with this Moldex Mold Killer. Thematically bottled in a stylish black spraying bottle, this trigger sprayer spells death for all black mold, as well as all other types of mold and mildew.
A do-it-all kind of cleaner, the Moldex 5006 doesn’t just remove mold, it cleans, disinfects, deodorizes and then inhibits the growth of any future mold & mildew on the treated surface. It is an EPA certified solution that kills 99.9% of all household germs, bacteria and viruses. And while this spray may be relentlessly cruel to mold and mildew, it is very gentle and caring towards any surface you might spray it on – it won’t leave any scratches or spots. Once you remove it, below there will be only a spotlessly clean, shiny and fresh-smelling surface.
All these factors make the Moldex 5006 a great everyday solution to mold growth and mildew. You can use it frequently both at home and for commercial applications – long-term use doesn’t harm the surfaces or the air quality either.
Additionally, you can use the Moldex 5006 in conjunction with Moldex Stain Removers and Moldex Sealant Mold Barrier to have a great home-protecting Moldex trio.
Of course, as the Moldex 5006 is designed for everyday use at home, it is not a toxic heavy-duty product and therefore – it does require a good deal of scrubbing.
High levels of indoor relative humidity is the number one cause of domestic mold outbreaks. For this reason, it is so important that you address the cause of your mold problem and work towards mold prevention rather than just trying to treat the symptoms.
The easiest and most cost-effective way for you to lower the levels of airborne humidity and moisture within your home is by using a dehumidifier. Their running costs are low and they can be located within any space in your home - allowing you to target problem areas with ease.
We have chosen the Frigidaire 70 pint model as our favorite as we have thoroughly tested each model available. It is quiet, powerful and will remove significant quantities of water from the air of your home within a short space of time.
Simply plug it in and leave it to do its work and before you know it, the air within your home will be of a higher quality and free from mold causing moisture.
Next on our list we have the Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover. For a full review of this product you can check our website, but to summarize it in a few words – this Tilex product is exceptionally powerful on all kinds of mold and mildew, including black mold. Tilex actually advertise it by saying that it requires no scrubbing whatsoever, which, of course, is not always true and a lot of truly bad and extreme situations require their fair share of scrubbing. However, with more mild problems this product is virtually effortless to use.
As you would expect from such a strong, dedicated black mold-killing product, Tilex’s advanced formula removes 99.9% of all the common household mold, mildew and bacteria, including the Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Streptococcus pyogenes (Strep) and Trichophyton mentagrophytes (Athlete’s Foot Fungus).
Of course, all that strength comes at a price and you can’t use the Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover on all surfaces. Wood and laminate are out of the question, so if you have mold on a wooden shelf you’d do better to look for another solution.
Instead, this Tilex product is best on things like glazed and unglazed ceramic tiles, grout, sinks, fiberglass, shower doors, vinyl shower curtains, tubs, no-wax floors and other hard, nonporous surfaces.
When dealing with mold, and especially with black mold, the spray you use is not the only thing that matters. For a particularly nasty infestation you also need a pair of trusty brushes to help you really get rid of it. And the set we’d recommend is this OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brush Set.
In our list of mold remover brushes we actually declared another brush as a “personal favorite”, but for black mold in particular, we’d recommend the OXO brush set.
This set includes two separate brushes, and both of them are designed for heavy duty cleaning in hard to reach places. The bristles of both brushes are made from a sturdy nylon that will easily rip through any mold. Their handles, on the other hand, are comfortable and designed to never slip from your hands.
The bigger brush has a no-slip thumb pad on the back of the bristles, which allows you to control it even more securely and comfortably.
The smaller brush has a pointed bristle profile. It is intended for cleaning in and around features and other tight spots. This brush also has a built-in wiper blade which is perfect for drains and other crevices.
Manufactured in the United States, this mold remover is also advertised as one that requires no scrubbing. And yes, in most standard situations this mold remover just needs to be sprayed over the infestation and it will just melt through the mold like hot water through sugar. In more dire situations, however, one where the mold has reached extreme proportions, don’t think that you won’t have to
One negative thing that can be said about this product in comparison with the previous two black mold removers is that while it is impressively powerful, it doesn’t do as much when it comes to protecting the surface from future contaminations.
This Home Armor spray is strictly a remover, so while it does its job perfectly, don’t be surprised if you have to remove mold again in several months (especially if you don’t clean too much or live in a damp environment).
Last on our list we have this Siamons Mold Control spray. Like the Moldex spray we started with, this is another all-round great product. It doesn’t just help remove black mold and other types of mold and mildew, but it also prevents the re-growth of any future mold infestations and eliminates all musty odors and harmful chemicals.
Similar to Tea Tree Oil based solutions, the Siamons formula is based on neither bleach, nor ammonia or any other volatile organic compounds and is great not just for nonporous surfaces but also works on wood, drywall, laminate, as well as on composite wood, plastic, concrete, shakes, metal, brick, stone, tile, grout, fabric, furniture and many more surfaces. This makes it great for use everywhere – your home, your car, any other building, or even a boat.
The way this mold killer works is that it crushes the mold’s infestation and roots beneath it as it dries off. After that, it leaves an invisible antimicrobial barrier that inhibits any mold from appearing on the same spot in the future. Black mold spores will become a thing of the past.
Simply apply a thin layer of the product over the mold, allow it to dry completely and then use a brush or a cloth to scrub the surface clean. To protect against future mold, simply reapply over the same area.
Killing black mold can take many forms as there are several tools at your disposal. Some homeowners opt for natural methods whereas others don't mind the use of strong chemicals when attempting DIY mold removal.
There is no right or wrong answer - simply choose the method that is most suited to your preferences and your budget for mold remediation.
White distilled vinegar kills mold naturally as does tea tree oil, both of which are kind to surfaces and are completely harmless to human health. Mold removal with baking soda has also been found to be quite effective if you would rather not use vinegar.
Making your own mold killing solution is relatively simple and once complete, can be decanted into a spray bottle for easy application onto walls and a variety of other surfaces.
Mold removal with borax is a tried and tested method and is an alternative to purpose made mold cleaners such as the mold removal sprays we have reviewed in this guide.
Be sure to ventilate the remediation area as much as possible to prevent unnecessary inhalation of the chemicals you choose to use. Wearing a face mask is also a good option as is the use of rubber gloves to prevent any unwanted skin contact with the mold killing solution you apply.
These are our top products for black mold removal. A dehumidifier, a couple of heavy-duty sprays that are based on bleach and hydrogen peroxide for the most extreme situations, a couple of non-bleach-based sprays for regular home use that also protects against future infestations, and a great pair of scrubbing brushes to help you out when things become dire.
Since the products we have reviewed are quite different in their intended applications, listing them in any particular order doesn’t make much sense, but if you absolutely want to know our favorite, we are pretty fond of the Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover because of its impressive strength. It truly is a fantastic mold cleaner.