Household Appliances and Mold: Cleaning Tips

Household Appliances and Mold: Cleaning Tips

Household appliances do not often get the care they require. Most of us use our household appliances daily without a care in the world. As long as the appliances work well, we don’t even really even think about cleaning them until there is a musty smell or funky color that catches our attention. Mold likes places with high humidity and heat and often targets our bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and the inside of appliances. Here are some tips for cleaning common appliances and mold removal Chicago loves.

Dishwashers
Every time you run a cycle your dishwasher fills with hot water. Some of the wet food left on plates get stuck in filters, utensil baskets, interior panels, and corners with each cycle which can cause blockages and leaks. Water leaks out when it enters the base of the unit and normally causes puddles or floor damage in front or under the dishwasher.

Tip: Remove any food particles present in the dishwasher after each cycle and let your clean unit air out completely by leaving the front door of the unit open. Run a cycle with a special dishwasher cleaner, vinegar, or lemon juice and no dishes to remove hard water and soap deposits and properly rinse the unit.

Washing Machines
Washing machines are used often to wash clothes, linen, and other items but maybe not every day. Moisture and water can create a haven for mold especially in laundries and ill-ventilated rooms. Keep areas dry by ensuring that the connectors at the back of the machine are fastened securely and that the drainage system is secured to the drain point. The most commonly used washing machines are front-loading and top-loading models.

Front-loading Tip: Try to always leave the door and detergent drawer open between cycles after removing the load. This will dry any excess water. Clean the machine at least once a month by using a hot water cycle with bleach or a special cleaner with an empty machine, or use the special clean washing machine cycle function. Also, wipe the all seals with a household cleaner.

Top loading Tip: Leave the top open between cycles to let the drum dry out. Using household cleaners clean the top of the drum, fabric softener container, and bleach container regularly. Conduct regular inspections for mold growing anywhere around the machine. Run a hot water and bleach cycle or use the special washing machine cleaning cycle function every month.

Refrigerators
To keep food from spoiling refrigerators should remain kept close as much as possible.  Leaving the fridge open will cause condensation which is drained and captured in a condensation tray underneath the unit. In cooling the inside of the refrigerator, it generates a lot of heat on the outside. This heat with the moisture of the condensation tray can lead to mold problems under and behind the unit

Tip: Before filling your fridge after your monthly shopping trip, unplug and clean the refrigerator thoroughly. Remove all food, drawers, and shelves and wipe it all down. Only place items back after an inspection to ensure there is no mold.

Conducting regular mold testing and periodic cleaning is the only real way to reduce the growth of mold in your home. A mold-free home might never to possible but you can minimize it as much as possible. Feel free to contact a mold remediation specialist at Simply Mold Gone, the best in mold removal companies, for advice or questions. Phone us today or visit our website.

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