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Tips for Mold Clean Up

When Does the Maximum Amount of Mold Exposure Occur?

According to Real Estate Magazine, the most exposure a person can have to mold is acquired during the clean up process. The good news? There are so many ways to prevent sickness or other side affects! Here is what they have to say:

Note :

The following is directed for large or extreme areas of mold infestation. Smaller levels or few spots of mold can be cleaned without professional help.

Large Areas :

  • Consider having a professional cleanup the area

    To find a professional, check under “Fire and Water Damage Restoration” in your Yellow Pages. If you decide to clean up on your own, follow the guidance below.

  • Protect yourself by using goggles, gloves, and breathing protection while working in the area

    For large consolidated areas of mold growth, you should use an OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) approved particle mask.

  • Seal off area from the rest of your home

    Cover heat registers or ventilation ducts/grills. Open a window before you start to clean up.

  • Remove all your furnishings to a neutral area to be cleaned later

    Follow cleaning directions below.

  • Bag all moldy materials, you will be discarding
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  • Scrub all affected hard surfaces:

    First with a mild detergent solution, such as laundry detergent and warm water. Then use a solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one quart of water. Wait 20 minutes and repeat. Wait another 20 minutes.

    Last, apply a borate-based detergent solution and do not rinse. This will help prevent mold from growing again. To find a borate-based detergent, read the ingredients listed on the package label for borates.

  • Give the entire area a good cleaning

    Vacuum floors, and wash bedding and clothes if exposed.

Small Areas :

  • Protect yourself by using goggles, gloves, and breathing protection while working in the area

    For small isolated areas of mold growth, a cotton dust mask should do.

  • Seal off area from the rest of your home

    Cover heat registers or ventilation ducts/grills. Cover all your furniture. Open a window before you start clean up.

  • Bag all moldy materials, you will be discarding.
  • Scrub all affected hard surfaces:

    First with a mild detergent solution, such as laundry detergent and warm water. Then use a solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one quart of water. Wait 20 minutes and repeat. Wait another 20 minutes.

    Last, apply a borate-based detergent solution and do not rinse. This will help prevent mold from growing again. To find a borate-based detergent, read the ingredients listed on the package label for borates.

  • Give the entire area a good cleaning

    Vacuum floors, and wash bedding and clothes if exposed.

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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger Team

Source: Real Estate Magazine Post

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