How to Prevent and Get Rid of Mildew

Mildew is caused primarily by warm, humid conditions that have poor air circulation and surface preparation. Other common causes of mildew are hidden moisture sources, such as leaky roofs or water hoses.

How to Prevent Mildew

mildew-check-multi-purpose-washOnce mildew begins to develop, it can be difficult to contain and remove. The best way to avoid mildew is by preventing its development in the first place. The experts at McCown Paint & Supply recommend using a fantastic product called Mildew Check® Multi-Purpose Wash developed by PPG Pittsburgh Paints® that can be used to prime surfaces before any coats of paint are applied. Mildew Check® Multi-Purpose Wash leaves a protective shield that inhibits the growth of mildew and algae.

Rooms in your home that are prone to high humidity levels, such as bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms, are key targets for mildew growth. Utilizing ceiling fans or dehumidifiers in these areas and allowing direct sunlight to shine through will also help deter mildew growth.

How to Get Rid of Mildew

wall with mildewIf you have an existing mildew problem in your home, the aforementioned product, Mildew Check® Multi-Purpose Wash, can also be used to effectively rid the affected surfaces of mildew and mold. It’s incredibly easy to use, just add everyday household bleach and apply.

Health Hazards of Mildew

Mildew can cause serious respiratory problems, especially in children and the elderly. Allergy related symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and wheezing, are common. Congestion and coughing are common as well. People with asthma have a heightened risk of health complications when coming in contact with mildew. If you suspect mildew may be existent in your home, take action as soon as possible.