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Painting Over Mold: Is It a Good Idea?

Can you paint over mold? Is that a viable way to kill the mold infestation or will it only make things worse? Are there different kinds of paints and different painting techniques that are more or less effective against mold? 

While this might seem like an ideal short-term fix, the reality is that painting over mold does nothing to solve the issue and can actually make it worse. 

Today, we’re sharing why this route is never a good idea, and why it pays to let a professional, licensed mold company likes ours take the reins instead. 

Ready to learn more? Let’s get started! 

Should You Paint Over Mold? 

Painting over mold will only work on a permanent basis if you fix the source of the mold problem first. 

This means it’s even longer before you truly address the core cause of the mold. Instead of spinning your wheels and wasting your time, it’s best to devote this energy and focus toward pinpointing where the mold originated and the best ways to resolve it for good. 

Can You Paint Over Mold to Kill It? 

While it would certainly be convenient, painting over mold won’t kill it. 

In fact, it won’t even phase it. 

It will continue to form and spread underneath the new, fresh coat. Soon, you’ll see the telltale signs of its presence once again! 

Mold Is Not Dirt Or A Stain 

This is something else that a lot of people forget. Mold is an actual microorganism that grows on your walls and other surfaces. It is a fungus and it doesn’t really mind paint. In fact, mold eats through painted surfaces without a problem. That’s why mold causes discoloration – it’s the result of the chemical reactions between the mold and the painted surface. 

How Do You Treat Mold Before Painting? 

Before you begin a new paint job, it’s essential to remove all mold and mildew from the surface. 

While some mold can be cleaned with a simple bleach solution and scrub brush, not all types respond favorably to this treatment. In most cases, scrubbing will only remove the surface mold that you can see, without truly addressing the root of the problem underneath. 

Identify the type of mold you are dealing with and clean it as well as you can. Mold can be one of many different types. Black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum and chlorohalonata) is generally the most dangerous one and if inhaled it can cause a lot of different health problems – bloating, abdominal pain, headaches, fatigue, weakness, poor memory, shortness of breath, severe allergic reactions, and in extreme situations it can even be deadly. 

Mold Remediation 

Our mold removal and remediation process is intensive and thorough. We take a dedicated approach to removing the mold from the inside, so your home can look as great as possible on the outside. Whether your surface consists of drywall, carpet, wood or tile, we can get right to the heart of the issue as quickly as possible. 

We pride ourselves in providing Mold Remediation Services you can depend on. Contact us to get started on your next project, Call us: 562-438-7999.     

Painting Over Mold: Is It a Good Idea?