Posted on: 26 May 2016Share
Those little black specks that you have found all over the siding, sidewalk and décor around your mulched areas probably aren't what you think. If you thought that they were fungus spores, well, you're right! The little black specks are actually spores shot out of artillery fungus that is growing in your aging mulch. As the sun heats the mulch, the fungus shoots out tiny black spores that land on anything and everything within reach.
So, now that you know what those specks are, how do you get rid of them? Below, you will learn a few tips that can help you do just that.
Unfortunately, those little specks will stain. They aren't hazardous to your health, but they are terribly damaging to your siding, concrete surfaces and décor in the sense that they leave black stains all over everything.
The best way to start cleaning up the mess that the fungus has made is to pressure wash every surface in the general area. As you pressure wash, make sure to watch closely and make a mental note of where those spots are so that you can come back and treat those that don't wash off.
Tip: When pressure washing siding, make sure to keep the water stream angled downward so that you don't lift the siding out of place.
Clean with Mold Armor
Mold Armor is a cleaner that can be purchased at most home improvement stores. This product is safe for use on nearly every surface including vinyl, concrete and fiberglass. You simply spray the cleaner on the damaged area, let it sit for about ten or fifteen minutes, scrub the area with a scrub brush and rinse it clean.
Spot Treat with Acne Treatment
The acne paste that you use to treat zits can help you remove the dark spots from vinyl, plastic and fiberglass. You simply coat each spot with a bit of zit cream and let it sit for a couple of days. The sun and zit cream will work together to bleach the black color out of the spot.
Tip: Try this treatment in an inconspicuous location to ensure it doesn't bleach the color out of your item prior to applying it to all spots.
A good pressure washer, some quality products and dedication will help remove those stubborn spots. In the end, get rid of that mulch and replace it with an alternative material to avoid this problem in the future.
For pressure washer equipment, contact a company such as Boyce Industries.