While most people are not particularly fond of cleaning windows, it is an essential part of keeping your home sparkling clean and healthy. Dirty windows are not only unsightly, but they can also be unhealthy. Mold on windows can lead to serious health issues if not resolved in a timely manner.
Dirt, dust, and other debris are fairly easy to clean. But, removing mold from windows can be quite tricky. In addition, moldy windows can be indicative that it is time for replacement windows. Read ahead to find out how to get rid of moldy windows as well as how to prevent the mold from re-forming.
Mold on Windows: Get the Facts
Mold will start to form in areas that are prone to high levels of humidity. Also, mold on windows, walls, and furniture can form under these same conditions. If it is not removed, it can lead to serious health concerns for those who suffer from respiratory issues or allergies.
How to Safely Clean Mold on Windows
- Wear protective gear, such as a hairnet, gloves, long-sleeved shirt, long pants as well as a face mask and safety goggles to protect yourself from exposure to mold.
- Keep children and pets away from the infected area while you are cleaning.
- Open windows (and doors if possible) for airflow.
- Tape over the doorways and air vents to prevent any airborne mold from spreading throughout your home.
- Prepare a mixture of dish detergent or baking soda and warm water.
- Use a clean sponge or cloth soaked in the above mixture to wipe away the visible mold spots. You can use a plastic scraper on the stubborn areas. Dispose of the cleaning cloth (or sponge) immediately in a plastic trash bag.
- Use a mixture of household strength white cleaning vinegar and water to kill the remaining mold spores. Allow this to sit for up to 20 minutes and then rinse it away completely with fresh water.
- Allow the area to completely dry.
- Discard all cleaning products in a disposable bag. Wash your clothes right away in hot water.
*Using bleach to kill mold will not work. It will only bleach the mold, not kill it!
How to Prevent Mold on Windows
- One of the best ways to prevent mold from forming on your windows is to ensure that your window sills, frames, and casings are dry. Whenever it rains, wipe the area dry with a towel. Moreover, you should caulk and seal any cracks in the windows.
- Make sure your home has proper ventilation. Mold forms in the areas where there is a great deal of moisture in the air (primarily kitchens, bathrooms, and basements). Open windows and doors when possible and use a dehumidifier to help lower the moisture in these areas.
- Mold spores can also exist in dust form. A proper weekly cleaning routine, such as vacuuming and washing your windows, can help prevent mold growth. Use a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar to clean your windows.
If you are having ongoing issues with mold on windows, do not hesitate to call North Tech Windows and Doors. A member of our staff can come out to inspect your windows at no cost to see if there is another issue. Call us today for a free quote for replacement windows.