June Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford

Spraying eaves on house to remove mold and mildew.

To-Do #5: Remove Mold and Mildew

The first step to preventing mold and mildew on the outside of your home, is to make sure you keep all shrubs and trees pruned back away from the house.

To remove mold and mildew:

  1. Mix up a solution of one part bleach to four to 10 parts water (depending on the strength desired) in a garden sprayer, and add a little dishwashing soap or TSP (trisodium phosphate) to the mixture.
  2. Spray the mixture on and allow it to remain on the surface for 10-20 minutes.
  3. When the time is up, use a long handled soft scrub brush (like those used to clean cars) dipped in a bucket of soapy water to scrub the surface.
  4. Rinse the surface with a garden hose equipped with a spray nozzle.
  5. To keep mold and mildew from coming back, spray the surface with a product that protects against mold, such as Wet & Forget.

CAUTION: Bleach can damage grass, plants, and shrubs. Wear protective clothing, rubber gloves, and goggles with working with bleach.

Watch How to Remove Mold on the Outside of a House to find out more.

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  • Ann S. Says:
    June 2nd, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Started my house cleaning projects inside and out. All the things I have to do will take until the end of summer or maybe longer. I started with all my blinds . 12 of them!!! Then inside Windows before I put blinds back up. That took a few days. Now I’m working on the yard. Cut grass today about an acre. Cleaned out chicken coop and picked up a lot of branches.Now in ready for a nap. I still have a list a mile long of stuff to do. I try to do a little every day.

  • sammy bentley Says:
    June 1st, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    You were helpful with my past problem.( Patching water damage on log cabin)
    Nest question
    I need to sand my floor, I will rent a sander. but
    what kind of sand paper?
    I have heard you use a screen?
    any tips?

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Papa,
    Thanks for the grill cleaning tip!

  • Papa Says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Great list Danny, but I’m worn out thinking about all that work. One easier tip that works for me is regarding cleaning the BBQ grate. If you have access to a pressure washer it will do a great job on your grate and even the grill interior. It is quick and easy with no scrubbing or harsh chemicals. Just be sure to do it somewhere that the greasy debris won’t do any harm. Have a great summer everyone!

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    The pressure washer Danny used is the OneWash power washer from Generac.

  • Thomas Przybyl Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I am really pleased with the results you folks have gotten from the GENREC Powerwasher you folks have used on the show to cleaner concrete patios and sidewalks. I was wondering what model or size are you using. I would like to purchase the same unit. HomeDepot here in the Carolina’s do not carry them in the store. You have to order them online. Can you please share the information on the model you are using on the show. Love the show!


    Tom Przybyl
    Wake Forest,NC

  • susie Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    common black snakes are not poisonous and will kill and eat copperheads. if you have a black snake, let him be, he will get rid of the copperhead in due time. Keep a hoe or shovel handy and don’t go out barefooted until you get rid of the copperhead. they are born fully venimous and ready to bite.

  • Maria Garcia Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Yes,a lot of things need to get done this spring/summer. How do you get rid of snakes? We have regular garden snakes and a copperhead (I think). Garden snakes do not bother me, it is the poisonous ones that scare me. Midwest region (like Kansas City).

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June Home Maintenance To-Do List