Humidity is defined as the moisture content present in an air mass. Relative humidity is the ratio of the amount of water vapor the air can hold as a specific temperature. The higher the humidity, the higher the chance that condensation can occur. For instance, 100% relative humidity means the air cannot hold any more moisture and we get rain.

It is interesting that different materials can have different surface temperatures. A cooler surface in a warm, humid climate, will cause water to condense. We’ve all seen this happen when a cold can of a soft drink begins to bead and drip on a warm summer day. The important factor here is to understand that various surfaces in your home may draw condensation and provide ideal environments for mold to grow.

Many every day activities can increase the relative humidity in your home:

  • Cooking
  • Showering and bathing
  • Cleaning
  • Shampooing carpets
  • Laundry

Other conditions can also cause the moisture in your home to rise:

  • Roof leak
  • Lack of proper ventilation in roofs or for appliances
  • Insufficient insulation
  • Plumbing failures
  • Damp basements
  • Spills

Here are some ways to reduce relative humidity indoors:

  • Vent appliances properly to the outside
  • Make sure your roof is properly vented (roofs need to breathe, too)
  • Use fans to circulate the air
  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Leave a gap between furniture and exterior walls
  • Repair all plumbing or roof leaks immediately
  • Properly insulate exterior walls and attics
  • Get rid of unnecessary water sources (fountains, aquariums, plants, etc.)

Even if you do everything right, something can still go wrong and mold can get a foothold in your home. When that happens, treat affected areas using Mold Off®.

Mold Off® is a green, eco-friendly, pH neutral and biodegradable mold removal product. The product is safe to humans and pets yet cleans better than the other harsh products on the market, and it won’t cause any dangerous health issues. Best of all, Mold Off® doesn’t require a lot of hard work. Just spray it on affected surfaces and walk away. Mold Off® will do the work for you!

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We made a big mistake by storing our foam mattresses in a moist area without a rubber cover. Consequently, a black mildew permeated nearly the whole thickness of the mattresses, some worse than others. Our first reaction was to discard the mattresses as we thought it was a hopeless problem. Just to be sure there was no solution to the mildew problem, we went to the internet. Somehow, we found Mold Off® which we thought should be used empirically before we threw the mattresses out. So we purchased a gallon of Mold Off® and sprayed it on one mattress, lathered it in and let it soak. Then, we sprayed it again and used a thick cotton towel to absorb the excess fluid. We were surprised to see the black color gradually disappear. Some of the stubborn stains we sprayed a third time and rubbed the stains with towels which removed most of the discoloration. What shocked us the most were the unbelievable final results! The foam mattresses remained firm and free of mildew for months and months to this day! We cannot thank the producers of Mold Off® enough for the great outcome.

- Judith & Franklin, New Hampshire