Mold is usually toxic and can be very harmful to humans and animals, it may be best to call in the professionals when dealing with mold removal. However, if the mold is non-toxic and is in a small confined area, you can ideally handle it yourself.
Equipment You Will Need
This first thing you will need is protective clothing and equipment while removing the mold. You’ll need a dust-filter mask or respirator, goggles, gloves, and of course, disposable clothing that covers your entire body.
During the mold removal process, mold spores are disturbed and will become airborne which means that you are more likely to breathe-in or inhale the potentially toxic spores.
Containing the Mold
While removing mold, it is best to seal off the room you are working in from the rest of the house. You can use plastic sheets and duct tape, also make sure to cover all vents. This will keep the mold from spreading further around your home or business.
Mold can easily spread through your house by sticking to dust particles, so it is also a good idea to moisten the area you will be working on. This will keep the dust flow to a minimum, and make the overall mold removal process easier. You can use a small water bottle to spray the dry-mold area.
Different Solutions for Different Problems
There are multiple solutions to use when removing mold from your home or business. However, not everyone will work on every type of mold. You will need to look into which solution kills the mold you are working with, but here is a list of the options:
As mentioned above, not all of these solutions will work for all molds. Make sure you research or check with a professional in order to take care of the mold removal successfully the first time.
Prevent Mold from Returning
After you put in all that hard work to remove the mold in your home, you certainly do not want it to return. In order to keep the mold from growing back, use the solution you used to kill the mold on surfaces that both had mold and those that did not originally contain mold.
Because of the clean-up, it’s extremely common for unaffected nearby surfaces to have mold spores on them. If these surfaces flood with moisture, the spores will make it easier for the mold to grow again. By ensuring that you clean previously affected areas as well as the surrounding area, you can greatly decrease the chances of mold returning.
Disposing of the Mold
Once you’re able to finally remove the mold either by yourself or with the help of a professional, you need to properly dispose of the mold. Place the moldy items into a sealable bag. Do not take the bags full of moldy items through the house.
Make sure you place them directly outside through a widow or a door. This will keep the mold spores from further contaminating your home. Once that’s complete, you should be free of whatever mold was plaguing your home of business.
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Wisconsin Department of Health Services. (2016) Cleaning Mold in Your Home. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/mold/clean.htm