Mild mold staining and mold collections are now as easy to forget as the stroke of a paint roller. You may wonder how that could be possible, because mold remains even when you apply paint over the top of it. However, recent advances in house paint technology have created indoor paint which not only cover but also kill the mold. Here is how the paint works.
First, Stop the Water Leaks
Although the paint and primer which kill mold do an incredible job, they cannot stop the leaks that caused the mold in the first place. You will need a mold remediation specialist to find the source of the leaks and stop them before you use the paint and primer. If there are no leaks and it is just a matter of humidity, as is often the case with corners in your bathroom, then you can move on to the prep stage.
Prepping and Priming
Some paint brands have a separate mold-killing primer. Before you can apply the primer, though, you still have to scrub the moldy areas to remove any mold fuzz that has grown up. The primer has certain chemicals in it that will begin to eat the mold spores the minute the primer is applied. Most often, the chemicals in these special paints and primers are fungicides. They kill the mold as well as the unpleasant odors associated with mold.
Stain Blocker and Paint
After the primer, but before the paint, it is suggested that you use a stain blocker to keep the mold stains from peeking through the paint. (This is only for mild to medium mold stains. More serious mold stains and mold issues will not respond very well to these specialty products.) The mold-killing paint contains more fungicide and mold spore blockers so that new mold cannot accumulate in the same areas or anywhere else you apply this product. Additionally, some paint companies offer a mold-killing primer, stain blocker and paint all in one can.
Mold Restoration and Paint Products
Some mold remediation specialists already incorporate these paint products in their line of work. If you start by hiring a mold specialist, ask him or her if he or she uses mold-killing interior paint products. If your specialist does, you can request that he or she uses the paint color and primer you have in mind. Some are willing to completely restore the mold areas in your home, utilizing these products as a finishing touch.
If you have more questions about mold remediation, contact a professional like MoldStoppers.