Sheetrock was first introduced in 1916. The United States Gypsum Company made it as an indispensable walling material.
The process of removing mildew from sheetrock is uncomplicated. All you have to do is to wash your sheetrock with the right mixture of bleach and water in order to get rid of the mildew. Then, you need to check out the source of the mildew. You can effectively eliminate it by installing the proper ventilation or by using a dehumidifier.
Here are more specific procedures to help you:
- Get rid of the moisture first. Moisture conveniently invites mildew to breed in your sheetrock. Simply put, mildew can’t thrive in an environment that is completely arid. If there is a leak, better repair or patch it. If the source is due to condensation, you may need to install proper ventilation to take away the humidity in your area.
- Prepare your cleaning solution. You need bleach and water. Mix equal parts. You don’t need to look for a special kind of bleach. You can readily use the one for your laundry. You may also evenly mix warm water, bleach, and laundry detergent in a bucket. However, it is a lot more practical to pour your solution into a spray bottle. You may have the type that you use in misting your home plants.
- Wear your cleaning gears. Bleach is a caustic substance. Even a small amount may harm you. So, you should put on gloves to protect your hands. When you have your gloves on, try to fold the ends back. You should for a cuff to prevent the bleach-water mixture from running up to your arms when you are already scrubbing your sheetrock. If you want to further secure your arms, wear long sleeves. You can use a face mask. You may wear glasses to protect your eyes.
- Scrub systematically. You need a scrub brush to do this task. Simply dip your scrub brush into your bleach-water mixture. Then, promptly begin scrubbing your wall. You should scrub gently. You don’t want to damage the paint on your wall. You should also scrub in long strokes to effectively cover your wall areas.
- Thoroughly wash your sheetrock. You may use a piece of rag and a bucket of clean water to rinse off the bleach-water solution on your sheetrock. If you are not comfortable in using a rag, a sponge is a good alternative. You may need to clean or wash off your sheetrock for a number of times to methodically get rid of every trace of mildew.
- Allow your sheetrock to air dry. To let it dry faster, you may use a box fan. You can also simply open a window to account for good air circulation in the area.
Make sure that fresh air flows freely in your cleaning area before you start your cleaning job. Also, bear in mind that prolonged exposure to mildew may greatly harm your health, particularly your respiratory system. So, obliged yourself to properly ventilate your area.