Removing Green Mold From A Screen Pool Enclosure
If you had recently had a pool enclosure installed, you are most likely enjoying being able to use your swimming pool year-round without worrying about outdoor temperatures. While enclosures are certainly a great amenity to add to a swimming pool, they need to be regularly maintained to keep them free of mold. Since an enclosure is constantly in contact with humidity and moisture content within, mold can grow rather easily on the interior of the enclosure panels and framing. Here are some steps you can take to remove mold if you find areas where it is prevalent.
Take Proper Safety Measures
Cover your pool before starting to remove mold so none drops inside during the process. Remove any furniture or personal effects from within the area so they do not become covered with mold or water as you clean.
Since mold is harmful to breathe in, you need to take precautionary steps to make sure your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin are protected when coming into contact with mold directly. Wear eye goggles, a respirator, and heavy-duty gloves when cleaning the pool enclosure. Wear a long-sleeved shirt to protect your skin.
Remove Surface Mold
Scrape any mold with a hard tool such as a ruler or paint-scraper. The length of these objects will help keep mold away from your skin as it falls from the enclosure. Hold a plastic bag under the mold as you scrape it to help minimize the number of mold spores you will need to clean from the ground.
Deep-Clean The Area
Make a 50/50 ratio of oxygen bleach and water and place inside a spray bottle. Liberally spray down areas where mold is present. Use a soft-bristled scrub brush to apply the mixture directly to the molded areas. Use a pump sprayer filled with water to rinse the bleach solution from the enclosure screens. Using a pressure washer is risky, as the impact of the water can cause damage to the screens of your enclosure.
When the mold has been removed from the enclosure, you can use a mild detergent mixed in water to clean the screens. This will remove remnants of the bleach solution and will brighten the screens so they are clear instead of cloudy. Apply the detergent/water mixture using a non-abrasive sponge and dry with a piece of microfiber cloth. The result will be mold-free, clean screens allowing you to enjoy the light from the outdoors while you use your swimming pool. For more information, talk to a place like Lightning Custom Screens Inc.