How to Safely and Effectively Clean out Mold

How to Safely and Effectively Clean out MoldAll homes get mold once in a while. Mold can not only blacken your shower and sink areas, as well as create dark spots on your walls; it can also be highly detrimental to your health and that of your family members if it spreads.

When mold releases microscopic particles of bacteria, it triggers allergic reactions, irritation, and even unpleasant odors. Before it can harm you or your loved ones, the key is to prevent the growth of mold by getting rid of it as soon as it starts forming.

Minor Mold Infestations

Mold is a type of fungus that grows in moist areas and visibly appears as mildew in most houses. These are the black spots you can often times find around your shower and curtain, along with other damp walls and areas of your home.

When the small dark spots that create the mildew build up, they create several colonies that are often mistaken by many people as dirt. The best way to test if the area is actually mold and not dirt is by applying a few drops of bleach to the area. If it gets lighter after about a minute, then it is mold.

To remove minor surface mold, just spray the area with a regular household cleaner and repeat until the mold is gone. For more persistent stains, spray on some bleach and let it sit for about 15 minutes before wiping off with a washcloth.

Large Mold Infiltration

Sometimes, mold growth is a little more extreme and if not treated properly, it can be extremely toxic. Generally, when you scrub a smaller mold infestation area with a bleach-water solution (in a 1:8 ration), it will get rid of the fungus and foul smell, but if you have a larger area to cover, extra measures must be taken

You should wear protective clothing, or old clothing you would be willing to throw out after you’re done cleaning. Also, wear a respirator, heavy-duty gloves and goggles. It is recommended you turn off your air conditioner and all air vents before you do the following:

  1. Detach moldy carpet by cutting it in even sections using a knife.
  2. To moisten the sections, spray them with water and then roll them up.
  3. Wrap up the carpet sections in large sheets of plastic and seal them with duct tape before throwing out.

Now you’re ready to take care of the walls:

  1. Separate the moldy room from other areas of your home using a plastic sheet as a barrier to cover your door opening.
  2. Cover all vents and openings with tape or plastic sheeting.
  3. Using a pry bar or wood block, open up seriously stained and moist wall areas to detect hidden mold.
  4. If detected, turn off the room’s electrical power. With a large saw or knife, cut open the spoiled wall.
  5. Spray the area with some water so as to avoid the spread of spores to other areas.
  6. Remove the mold and place it in a double wrap of extra strong plastic trash bags. Tie them efficiently.

Although the aforementioned steps to get rid of mold are really helpful, sometimes, an infestation might require a more effective inspection to be done by experienced professionals.

Call the Experts

If you have allergies or have been putting off the work of removing the mold from your house for while now, you may be putting your health at risk. Why not leave the job to us? Contact 1st Class Cleaning today and find out how we can take care of your mold surface stains and more!

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