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Get Rid of Outdoor Mold and Mildew

Today’s Ace Hardware project of the week will help you get rid of outdoor mold and mildew. You know it as those unsightly black and green stains on the outside of your home. With an above average rainy season and now warming temperatures, we have the perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew and algae.

The old-school remedy is a mixture of bleach and water, but this requires a lot of extra work including pre-watering your plants, covering them with tarps, pre-wetting the walls, scrubbing repeatedly with the solution and watering the plants afterwards to get rid of bleach run-off.

Today there are cleaning products available that make it easier and safer to get rid of mold and mildew.  Two of the favorites at your neighborhood Ace Hardware store are Wet & Forget and 30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner. With Wet & Forget you do just as the name implies. Simply dilute Wet & Forget with water in a pump-up garden sprayer and apply it wherever you see stains. There’s no scrubbing, rinsing or pressure washing. Wet & Forget’s non-caustic, non-acidic bio-degradable formula will gently clean the surface over time.  And it’s safe to use around the landscape and plants. Expect to see results in a few weeks.

If you need to get rid of stains ASAP, 30 Seconds Outdoor Cleaner is the best product. It’s fast-acting and provides instant results. Mix the cleaner and water in a pump-up sprayer, then spray it evenly on the surface. Let it stand for 3-15 minutes depending on the surface, then rinse away.  Just like Wet & Forget, it’s safe around lawn & landscapes and doesn’t require any scrubbing or pressure washer.

Both of these products and other helpful solutions are available at your neighborhood Ace Hardware store.