4 Tips for Cleaning Attic Mildew
An attic can store all those excess clothes and decorations but attic mildew isn't only common but should be expected. It is a fact that heat rises. The attic is more exposed to the elements which create moisture and once heat is introduced to the environment you have the perfect breeding ground for mildew and mold. Once the mildew has begun to grow it will make its way to anything and everything in the attic. It is possible to reclaim the space from the mildew and to prevent it from showing up again.
1. Remove Everything
Do not climb in the attic expecting to remove the mildew and then call it a day. Mildew will begin to grow again if you missed even the smallest amount. In order to properly clean attic mildew you will need to remove everything that you are storing in the attic. This could be a very long couple of days for you but it has to be done. Once the attic is clear you will be able to see all instances of the mildew as well as any potential areas of mold. If you plan to put these items back in the attic then you must inspect them as well for mold and mildew. Any boxes or paper that have mildew or mold on them will need to be thrown out as they are impossible to clean.
Attic mildew can form from something as simple as dust and dirt. The soil remains moist in this dark and humid environment. In order to completely rid yourself of attic mildew you should always clean up the dirt from the floor and the walls. This will remove a food source for the mildew so it will no longer grow. Mildew and mold can also begin growing inside the dirt before you see it on the wood in the attic.
3. Insulation and Finishing
Most attics are not finished but those that are can also have mildew in them. If the attic was not properly insulated then attic mildew can grow on the drywall, the plastic behind the drywall and on the insulation itself. If the attic has drywall and you can see mildew in any area of it you need to remove the entire section. When you remove a section you will be able to see how badly the mold and mildew may be so you can either replace all of the insulation, drywall and plastic or just the section you removed.
4. No Harsh Chemicals
Cleaning attic mildew from wood is not that difficult and does not require caustic chemicals. You can easily create your own cleaning solution out of water and vinegar. Mix equal parts of water and vinegar and spray it on the mildew. Use a sponge to scrub the area and allow it air dry. You can use scrub brushes in tough areas.