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How do I get rid of mold in my basement?

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To eliminate mold in your basement, remove moisture from the air with a dehumidifier. Kill mold by mixing a solution of borax and warm water, and wash the entire basement. Treat concentrated areas with a vinegar and water solution. Repeat as needed to prevent future mold growth.

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  1. Remove moisture from the basement

    Place a dehumidifier in the basement to remove excess air moisture, which provides a breeding ground for mold spores. Open basement windows and doors, and use floor fans to help circulate dry air.

  2. Create a cleaning solution

    Combine 1 cup of borax per gallon of warm water. Thoroughly mix with a wooden spoon to dissolve the borax. Pour the solution into a spray bottle.

  3. Prepare for mold removal

    To avoid coming in contact mold, which may be harmful to your health, wear an N-05 respirator mask, rubber gloves and non-ventilated goggles.

  4. Clean the basement

    Liberally spray the cleaning solution until the entire basement is saturated. For large basements, forgo the spray, and carefully pour the solution throughout the space.

  5. Treat concentrated areas

    For areas with high mold growth, saturate the mold with undiluted white vinegar. Allow the vinegar to soak into the mold for 30 minutes.

  6. Rinse away vinegar

    After the vinegar has soaked into the mold, rinse the area with the borax and water solution.

  7. Clean dead mold spores

    Once the basement is dry, wipe away mold debris, and immediately discard in a sealed trash bag.

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