Mold has been found. Now what?!
Don’t panic! The first thing that needs to be determined is whether or not the infestation is large or small.
Ask yourself, is the area affected with mold small and contained? How much mold can be seen and how much more may be unseen?
If the answer is only small amounts and the area is indeed contained, there are 5 easy tips tips according to Vicki Lankarge in her book “What Every Home Owner Needs to Know About Mold & What to Do About It” that can help you to rid yourself of any further mold problems:
5 Easy Tips for Small Area Mold Remediation
- Make sure you’re free of allergy symptoms and/or asthma
- Wear a mask and rubber gloves during clean up
- Using water and detergent, scrub mold off nonporous surfaces and dry completely. (Perhaps a little bleach wouldn’t hurt as well)
- Absorbent materials may have to be discarded if they are moldy. It is likely that hidden mold lurks beneath the surface and will grow back and fill in the crevices
- Dispose of any sponges or rags used to clean the mold (It is best to double bag any mold contaminated items and remove them from the home entirely)
When do I need a mold professional?
If the area is small enough, there won’t be any need for professional help as it can be taken care of with do-it-yourself methods.
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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team
Source: Lankarge, Vicki. “What Every Home Owner Needs to Know about Mold & What to Do About It.” 50-53.