There are hardly any messes out there more frustrating than mold and mildew. While these unpleasant deposits may just look like a gray or black coating of dirt on exterior surfaces, they’re actually types of fungi that are growing and expanding as you sit there and decide what to do.
Not only are mold and mildew tricky to remove in the first place, but they can leave behind dark staining even after the living fungus is completely removed. Dealing with the stains from mold growth often takes more work than just removing the mold. Make sure you’re not going to deal with ongoing issues by addressing the original cause of the mold and using a treatment that prevents its return, such as MiracleMist Instant Mold and Mildew Stain Remover.
What causes mold and mildew growth?
Mold and mildew don’t just show up on their own. They need moisture in particular to thrive. When mold appears on an interior surface, it’s often a sign you have a hidden water leak or need to get humidity under control. But on exterior surfaces, it’s usually just a sign that there’s plenty of humidity in the air.
If you can’t prevent the growth because it’s not due to a leak or an overflowing gutter, you’ll only need to treat it and stay on top of removing early signs of its return. This is often the case for RVs and boats that are constantly exposed to moisture and hard to keep perfectly dry. Mold and mildew also tend to feed on organic material as it breaks down, making materials like fabric and leather particularly attractive to the fungi. However, they can grow almost anywhere if there is enough moisture.
Why are mold and mildew so hard to remove?
Mold and mildew often appear to just be a powdery substance clinging to the surface. Yet if you try to remove it like washing or wiping away dust, you’ll find that plenty of residues remain. This is because mold is actually made up of many tiny filaments of plant-like growth known as hyphae. These growths have their own tiny roots that help them grip rough or porous surfaces. Even smooth-looking surfaces can be rough or porous enough to let mold grip.
Leaving bits of the hyphae behind while cleaning can allow the mildew or mold to grow back rapidly, so you need a cleaning product capable of actually killing the mold and removing its residues rather than just making the problem disappear temporarily. Removing the actual mold or mildew is the key to getting rid of staining caused by them as well.
Choosing the Best Mold Remover
A truly versatile mold-removing product will work on multiple surfaces and allow for various application methods. For example, pressure washing is often needed to knock loose the dirt and debris that gathers on a home’s siding. Mildew growth is also common on that surface, so you’ll want a product that can be used in a pressure washing system as well as applied by hand.
MiracleMist is easily applied by hand directly from our convenient spray bottle or can be used in many other ways. Our product also kills off the entire structure of the mold or mildew fungi, not just what’s visible on the surface. Finally, look for a product that doesn’t require a lot of scrubbing. A good mold remover like MiracleMist will do all the hard work for you so you just have to wipe and rinse to finish the job. Not only does this cleaner tackle mold and mildew in fewer steps than the rest, but it can also keep mold from returning for up to 1 year.
Dealing with Mold and Mildew Stains
Once the mold is gone, you may notice that stains remain. These stains aren’t always a sign that bits of the fungi remain, but rather residues left behind that linger even if the mold doesn’t return. The best mold remover will not just kill the mold but also remove stains.
That’s what makes MiracleMist so powerful – it’s a treatment for both mold growth and the stains it leaves behind. Usually, you’d need to treat and remove the mildew or mold first, and only then could you address the stains. By choosing an all-in-one cleaning product, you can speed up the process and stop struggling with dingy, streaky, or splotchy surfaces.
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