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Remove Bathroom Mold With These Tips

How many of you enjoy doing chores? The answer is probably no, as it would be with a majority of homeowners. However, keeping up with the cleanliness of your bathroom will help you to avoid the dreaded mold problem that happens to bathrooms when they aren’t cleaned very often. Clean Organized Family Home has listed some great tips to help you avoid bathroom mold, and remove it altogether in the event it has already started to build up. Do you have any proven additional tips you know work and would like to provide, let us know in the comments section!

1. Start by opening the bathroom window.

“Start by opening the window, if you have one. If you don’t, grab a fan and position it so that it blows clean air from other rooms inside.”

2. Mix a bleach and water bathroom mold removal solution.

“Put on your gloves, then mix a mold removal solution of 1 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water in a bucket. Swirl it around gently with your gloved hand, making sure none of the solution splashes out onto nearby surfaces.

While bleach is a key player in mold removal, it can also remove color from carpeting and bath mats. So be sure items in your bathroom that could be stained are removed before you begin. If you have carpeting outside your bathroom, plan your post mold clean up so that there’s no chance of dripping the cleaning solution on your way out.”

3. Fill a second bucket with clean water for rinsing.

“This will be the water you use after your mold cleanup cleaning to rinse away the cleaning solution.”

4. Apply the bathroom mold removal solution to the areas of mold and mildew.

“Apply mold cleaner with a sponge or rag.

Using a sponge or rag, apply the mold removal mix to walls, tile or grout – wherever mold has grabbed a toehold.”

5. Let sit for 15 minutes.

“Let the solution to sit on surfaces with mold or mildew for at least 15 minutes to allow it enough time to do its job.”

6. Rinse the surfaces of mold and mildew.

“Rinse the bleach solution completely from the tile or grout surface, using the second bucket of clean water.”

7. Thoroughly dry cleaned surfaces.

“Dry the cleaned areas in your bathroom completely. You can use old rags, paper towels, or a fan.”

8. If you can still smell mold or mildew, repeat steps above.

“Repeat the surface cleaning routine above if you can still see or smell mold or mildew after cleaning.”

9. Practice prevention against future mold and mildew.

“Once the mold and mildew have been removed, consider using mold inhibiting solutions, such as vinegar, to regularly clean bathroom surfaces, especially walls and bathroom tiles.

Keep bathroom humidity below 55 percent if you can.

Don’t become numbers-bound here; simply turning on the bathroom fan for 15 minutes after your shower or bath will significantly lower the bathroom humidity.

Mildew resistant paint, or mold killing paint, can also be applied to keep these unwanted growths out.

And of course, regular bathroom cleaning is key to keeping any growths out of your bathroom.”

Quoted Content Sourced From Clean Organized Family Home

Which Renovations Generate The Biggest ROI?

Are you looking to add instant value to your home? Doing the right renovation project in your home can help raise your property value and generate a large return on your investment when the time comes to sell. Analysts estimate this year homeowners plan to spend about $325 Billion on home renovation projects. Make sure you know which projects will generate the most ROI though, many projects can actually lose you money while not doing much to change the value of your home. CNBC recently posted an article highlighting which home projects are must-dos, and which ones you should probably hold off on. What home renovation project are you thinking about? Let us know!

Best Indoor Remodel Project: Kitchen

“The No. 1 interior improvement that upped the value of a home was a complete (or even partial) kitchen remodel. According to the NAR/NARI report, that’s the renovation that has the greatest appeal to buyers, and is most likely to add resale value.

Upgrading a kitchen costs about $30,000 on average, according to the data, but homeowners are able to recoup about $20,000 when they sell.”

Worst Indoor Remodel: Closet Renovation

“One of the lowest-scoring interior remodeling projects is closet renovation. Only 1 percent of Realtors said a new closet helped them close the deal on a sale. That said, at about $3,500 on average, it’s not very costly to do this upgrade. Realtors estimate you’ll recover over half of the costs you put into it in the sale.”

Best Outdoor Improvement Project: New Roof

“When it comes to the outside of the home, buyers apparently value structural over decorative improvements to the interior. The No. 1 exterior renovation was a new roof, as nearly one-third of Realtors surveyed said that project helped close a sale on a home. Plus, this is a renovation that more than pays for itself.

Getting a new roof may run about $7,600 on average, while the value you are able to recover from doing this project may be as much as $8,000. You can recoup as much as 105 percent of your investment!”

Worst Outdoor Improvement Project: New Fiberglass or Steel Front Door

“Meanwhile, the lowest-scoring outdoor renovation was updating the front door only. A slim 1 percent of Realtors said this improvement helped cinch a deal for them — although about 75 percent of the value of the project can be recovered. A new steel or fiberglass front door costs about $2,000 to 2,500, according to the report.

The bottom line: Since home renovation projects can cost several thousand dollars, make sure you do it right. Unless it’s a very small-scale project it pays to hire a professional. And don’t be afraid to haggle to help lower your costs. Consumer Reports found in a recent survey of contractors that 96 percent said they would be willing to negotiate the price of a project.”

Quoted Content Sourced From CNBC 

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