Cleaning up Mold Must Be Done Right!

Let’s say you have found a source of growing mold – perhaps by using an inexpensive home mold testing kit – and, unfortunately, you think it may be a problem if you don’t deal with it right away. First, don’t panic, there are millions of homeowners who have faced similar situations and they all have gone through the same concerns as yourself.

Truthfully, the first and biggest mistake you can make going in is to haphazardly clean it up or pull out moldy materials. You need to establish both a plan and a methodology from which to proceed. Do not try to dust, brush, blow or vacuum the mold – this will only spread the mold spores. Do not let an allergic or asthmatic individual do the clean up or remain in the room during the mold clean-up
If you disturb a source of growing mold the wrong way, it can injure your health and contaminate larger areas of the building.

Keep in mind two general rules:

1.) Do not move or pull apart any of the moldy materials you may find until these materials have first been thoroughly misted down with mold sanitizers or detergents.

2.) Do not carry these moldy materials away from the contaminated site until they are placed in the sealed, double plastic bags.

That sounds easy enough. If you decide to remove contaminated wallboard, insulation, wallpaper, rugs, linoleum, or other large materials you must do it slowly and carefully so that you don’t disperse many mold spores into the air. Remember to remove these contaminated materials slowly one small portion at a time, say, 1-2 square feet. Cut the materials slowly using a utility knife. Do not saw or quickly pull out or peel away contaminated materials. Keep both sides of the material moist with wiped or misted sanitizer and place it directly in the waste bag as it is removed. After all the contaminated porous materials are removed, sanitize the hard surfaces which remain, i.e. wood, plastic, tile, metal, etc. as described above.

When the clean-up is completed, wipe down the plastic drop cloth with sanitizer or soapy water to pick up any mold left. Roll up the plastic drop cloths and place in the plastic trash bags. Remove your work clothes and put them in the wash. Throw your mask in the trash and bathe yourself. Allow the area to remain open until you can find the source of the leak or moisture and correct it.

Remember to keep in mind your own safety and protection when you are about to undergo this type of housework. . Find yourself some old clothes, a dust mask, safety glasses, and gloves. This work may not sound difficult here, but if you find that the actual situation you are facing looks like it could be troublesome – say, if it will not be easy to get at remove contaminated materials – then you may want to call a professional. You’ve already found your mold source, so you won’t need to pay them for an inspection. Rather, the task you will be handing over to the professionals is very specific indeed: show these professionals where the mold is and they’ll take over.

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