How to Clean Mold:
Mistakes to avoid concerning mold removal Bensalem PA
What you can’t see can hurt you: Learn what to use, and which materials are good candidates for DIY mold cleanup.Nobody wants mold.
If you don’t know how to clean mold, trying to remove it on your own could make the problem worse and cause potential health hazards. But if you’re going to go the DIY route with mold cleanup, you at least want to do it right. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid when removing mold.
Don't use bleach for mold cleanup
Does bleach kill mold?
This is a widely believed myth. We get so many customers inquiring about why the bleach treatment didn't work and their mold came back.
Bleach will change the color of your mold to a clear and/or white shade (just as it does to your clothing). Unfortunately, all you have done is to create an environment for the mold’s continued growth. You also may have possibly ingested bleach fumes and airborne mold spores (which is not a healthy thing to do).
Usually, within three to four months of bleaching, the mold will return — and do so with a vengeance.
What DIY mold cleaning products to use instead
The only cleanser that Comprehensive Mold Management recommends is borax, a white powder you can purchase at most groceries in the laundry/detergent section.
For cleaning mold, mix, one cup of borax with 1 gallon of hot water. Apply the borax solution to the area with mold.
Do not apply the solution to a porous material, such as drywall. These types of surfaces absorb water easily, which will only exacerbate the mold problem by keeping the area moist.
After you apply the borax solution, scrub the area with a rag or a wire brush until the mold is gone. Wipe the area off and make sure it dries thoroughly. You can repeat the application of the solution. Borax prevents new mold from growing, so you don’t need to fully rinse it away.
Once this is complete, run a dehumidifier or a fan to dry out the area within 24-48 hours.
Should I Clean or Pitch Belongings After Mold Removal?After water damage or mold remediation, homeowners frequently ask, “What happens to my stuff?”
You may think that painting an area with mold-killing paint will solve the problem. It seems like a quick fix. But it’s not the solution to eradicating mold.
If mold is still present, it can continue to grow beneath the coat of paint, and sooner or later will make itself visible again. While the area may look better temporarily, painting can make mold removal more difficult.
In addition, any health problems caused by mold will continue, because the mold is still there.
The first job is to get rid of the mold. Properly clean the surface. Rectify any moisture issues to ensure mold growth will not return. Once the area is dry and mold-free, you can apply a mold-resistant paint.
How do you know the mold is gone?
For homeowners, concerning mold removal in Bensalem PA. the big challenge of DIY mold cleanup is not knowing if you’ve completely eradicated the mold.
• If you haven’t eliminated the root of the moisture problem that led to mold growth, it’s inevitable that the mold will return.
• Mold spores are small and can spread easily. When cleaning, if you don’t set up the proper containment, mold can spread to another area of your home.
How to Plan a Deep Clean of Your Home
Most homes can use a deep cleaning at least twice a year. Follow these tips to remove dirt and grime, or hire a house cleaning pro.
Cross-contamination and proper attire. - When cleaning mold, homeowners often don’t realize the importance of setting up the proper containment to prevent spores from spreading. Once you begin scrubbing or wiping off the mold, the spores will become airborne and can contaminate other parts of your house.
To avoid spreading spores, professionals set up the proper containment and negative air flow environment, and dispose of materials correctly to ensure that the mold problem will not spread. Professionals have members of their crews wear protective coverall suits and high-grade respirators. (Purchasing a paint suit and dust mask from the hardware store does not provide the proper protection.)
Best options for DIY mold cleanup in Bensalem PA
Where small amounts are involved, it’s possible for the do-it-yourselfer to do a good of removing mold from non-porous items such as metal, tile or glass, using a borax cleaning solution.
However, for cleaning porous materials such as wood, carpeting, drywall or insulation, it’s best to call in a mold professional. A reputable company can clean most items; however, sometimes it’s best to discard the material.
Also, for larger-scale mold problems, state or municipal regulations may require that a licensed mold remediation contractor handle the removal.
This article originally appeared on the Comprehensive Mold Management blog. The credit goes to Comprehensive Mold Management..