• Amber Le

Bad Friends Are Like Mold

Your home is your safe space. It’s meant to be your peace, somewhere you can lay your head and relax. So that means you have to take care of it. Having a peaceful environment to call your own is so important so why would you not maintain it? It’s like this, if you have a circle of friends and that circle keeps getting smaller, it’s because God is cleaning out your life for your next blessing and not everyone can come. It’s the same thing with your home, you can’t let just anybody in there or it’s going to be infested with bad vibes and negative energy, messing with your sanity and sanctuary. There are a few ways to help not only keep your friends close and also keep your home clean, safe and secure for you and your loved ones.

Bad friends are like mold. You never see it coming but over time, it gradually takes over and ruins your foundation. We have all made that mistake before. There's been so many moments where I allowed negative energy into my life or kept overthinking about if I was in the wrong for feeling the way I do towards certain things but since I've been following my gut, blessings have been flowing in. Not only because I cleared out my space but because I am welcoming new beginnings. I stopped doubting my own intuition and just went with it. It's saved me from starting business partnerships I shouldn't be involved with, situations I shouldn't even touch and losing out on peace, wisdom and wealth. Bad friends... bad vibes... bad energy... Not only is it ugly and unpleasant but it’s unhealthy as well. Imagine breathing in all that toxicity. Yikes. That’s why I emphasize so much on why home care is self care. Sometimes you need a little extra help and that’s okay.

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Luckily for homeowners, there’s a resolution if mold was to ever invade your space. Nash Everett specializes in mold remediation, not only does it need to be removed but it needs to be contained and sanitized so it won’t come back again among many other steps. If you’re in the Western New Jersey area, Delran Mold Removal will do your home some good. Their on-site experts are ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have about keeping the quality of your home up to par when it comes to removing what does not belong so be sure to give them a call if you want a true professional to assist you.

Another way to help you get rid of mold is assessing the damage yourself and there are a few ways to do so if you don’t want to hire a professional. If your mold problem is less than 10 square feet, you should be able to handle it on your own. If you have grout around, let’s say your bathroom area, you’ll need to remove it, recaul it and make sure all the mold is removed. Gather all the supplies such as products that claim to kill mold aka bleach, white vinegar and many other commercial cleaners that you can find at your local grocery store. You’ll also want to add baking soda, a sponge with a scrub pad on one side or a toothbrush, a large bowl, and a dry towel and caulk if necessary.

To begin, scrub everything down. Before you use any sort of chemical, you might want to try to scrub with a damp sponge. If you don’t have a lot of mold this could be your one stop shop and be finished! However, if the mold is too stubborn - mixing a solution of one part bleach to two parts warm water can help. Fill your spray bottle with it ( if you are using a commercial cleaner, just follow the instructions on the bottle ). Look for non bleach and non commercial alternatives if you are into more green cleaning such as white vinegar. Spray a generous amount on the area that you can see the mold and let it sit for 15 minutes. Use a scrub or toothbrush with hard bristles to really et into the bottom of the mold and use pressure. Next, spray the area with warm water from a separate bottle and then dry all the surfaces with a dry paper towel or towel.

Of course there are ways to help prevent mold, especially in areas where you’ll see it most, like in your bathroom. If you have an operable window in your bathroom, open it before you shower and then keep it open after you shower. While this is not a true solution, it can help bring air outside to a very hot and humid area. There are also bathroom vent fans that should be running during your bath or shower and also for around 30 minutes afterwards. In addition, your goal is to keep it relatively humid in your home to keep the mold at bay about 50 percent or less. Of course, wiping the surfaces down after using them will certainly help as well. Remember, moisture is one of the top requirements that mold needs in order to grow so keeping everything as dry and air tight as possible is extremely beneficial to help you.

Going forward you’ll want to make sure that you continue to stay on top of the mold areas in your home. Spraying or wiping down the bathtub surfaces with a solution and little water can help, adding a few drops of essential oils to lessen that awful vinegar smell is key and if you want to keep it from coming back, make sure you continue to do this at least one a week!