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7 Safe and Simple Steps to Clean Up The Clutter

Do you have a cluttered basement or garage that needs clearing and reorganizing that you keep putting off? Do you know what could be lingering in and around your personal belongings? Mold tends to occur in high moisture environments and areas that aren’t ventilated, such as storage areas. And if you’ve been procrastinating, it has only made it worse, allowing mold to grow.

Calling a professional is by far the best way to properly handle mold removal. However, there is a safe process that needs to be followed, if you do decide to try clean up the clutter on your own. Simply throwing out your belongings may not take care of the problem. The mold can spread.

Do it right by following these steps:

  1. Know your reaction to mold – Before anything, it might be best to know your weaknesses. Do you have allergies to mold? *If you happen to be allergic to mold or the mold damage seems too catastrophic, don’t be a hero. Skip to step 7 and Call a professional.
  2. Check before you touch – Before moving your belongings, inspect the area for water damage, leaking pipes, ceilings and roofs. This is usually a sure sign that there could be mold damage.
  3. Prioritize what you want to keep – If you do see some water damage to your belongings, organize your belongings into lists of what you want to keep and what you want to toss.
  4. Toss the rest!– Throw out all of the things you don’t want anymore. If you’re unsure about tossing something, just ask yourself, ‘is it worth cleaning?’ If not, toss it.
  5. Salvage other items – Make sure the items you do want to keep can be cleaned fairly easy. Otherwise, it will be difficult for the mold removal process to be completed correctly. For difficult items, or items that seem unsalvageable, call a professional. Keep in mind, even dead mold can still be allergenic, and some even toxic.
  6. Thoroughly inspect the area – Upon completion, scrutinize the area again once the items have been removed and see if the water damage is on or in anything else that would be impossible for you to finish the mold removal process, such as walls.
  7. Call a professional – If there is more water damage, do it right. Professional mold removal is the safest option, regardless of the damage.

Mold can be detrimental to your personal environment and to your health, which can vary depending on the type of mold and your body’s reaction to mold. Be safe when dealing with mold removal, but more importantly, be smart.

This guest post was contributed by Samuel Ott, a mold removal specialist with Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling. He is currently completing his studies at the University of Missouri.

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6 thoughts on “7 Safe and Simple Steps to Clean Up The Clutter

  1. Great seventh tip! But I will also recommend protecting yourself, gloves,googles and over all. Also to save cross contamination use construction garbage bag to carry items. This is something I always recommend to my mold customer in Toronto.

  2. I have to agree with Gemil, don’t do anything before protecting yourself, especially if you don’t know if you’re allergic. Molds can be toxic, so put on the gloves either way.

  3. I have never experienced having mold in my home. I really don’t know what to look for. Everyone in my home is ill from headaches,coughing,dizziness, tired,lazy feeling,to just feeling yuky!! I can’t afford anyone to come in and check. I have been looking for free services to come in and check. If you can help in any way. My family and I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you. Tabitha Brown

  4. My daughter and I were exposed to toxic mold five years ago because our apartment had mold. Can you give We didn’t have the money to move and our manager refused to help. 2 years ago we moved to a new apartment where there were no signs of mold.Since moving, we still experienced serious mold health related problems. We have experienced mold sickness but we thought it was due to our past living environment. When we moved, we took nothing with us. Yesterday, all of the symptoms came back.We can see it in carpets, flooring and our whole apartment is becoming unlivable.We are so sick, we feae the mold is still in our bodies. Please help. Thanks

  5. These are amazing tips! I’ll bet the homeowners on “Hoarders” have a lot of mold and they don’t even know it!

  6. My family was suffering it all conditions and Doctors can’t find noting wrong!!
    But look for SurvivingMold.com Dr Richie Shoemaker. ..follow his instructions ..After God prayers…we found Answers in this Doctor.!!! we are Taking Cholestyramine 4 grams prescribed by my regular Dr…we ask for…because any other Dr know how to treat this…any University Teach the MORE IMPORTANT CAUSE of all Disease in USA.Plus THE CONSTRUCTION IN WOOD ESTRUCTURES IN ALL BUILDINGS IS A DISASTER!!! We are moving Out of Usa and star Iv treatment with a Doctor to raise our inmune System….God Bless you All !

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