Getting Real About Mold
Mold is no joke. Cleaning up mold is also no joke; it usually requires a professional, and if not, it requires several necessary precautions. Keep these mold treatment tips in mind as you assess your home’s mold condition.
Determine the Radius of the Mold-Affected Area
Depending on the degree of damage and mold in the area, you may need to consult with a mold remediation professional. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if the affected area is more than 10 square feet, it’s recommended that you consult the EPA’s guide, Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. While it mostly covers remediation for schools and commercial buildings, it is applicable to other spaces as well.
Get Rid of Moisture
If there is flood damage in the home, the most important step is doing everything you can to dry out materials and surfaces. Ventilate the area by opening doors and windows, and pull out all the fans you have. Some home improvement stores even have remediation rentals to use if the case is fairly minor.
Wear Protective Gear
Even for minor cases, it’s important to wear a mask or mold respirator, which can filter the air, and a pair of gloves that can keep your skin out of direct contact with toxic bacteria.
Mold on Hard vs. Soft Surfaces
It’s a lot easier to remove mold growth from hard surfaces, rather than softer surfaces, like carpet. Mold in or under carpets usually means you’ll have to replace it, and the same goes for insulation or wallboard; the only way to deal it is by removal and replacement.
Be Careful with Your Cleaners
To remove mold from hard surfaces, you can use commercial products, soap and hot water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water. Never mix bleach with ammonia or household cleaners, as the fumes are toxic. Thoroughly scrub the contaminated surfaces with a stiff brush and then rinse with water.
We Know Mold
Mold is a foreign topic to many people, and yet, so many are affected by it and don’t even know. Understand that you aren’t alone and that we, as mold treatment experts, can help you get back into a healthy environment and make sure you yourself are not being affected.