Mold Cleaning Do's and Don'ts

Mold often grows in homes where moisture levels are not kept under control. This type of fungi can cause respiratory health issues and property deterioration, so it is important to know how to prevent mold in the first place. Once faced with a mold problem, you should also know whether you should attempt to clean it yourself or call a professional. Here are our recommendations:

Don’t wait. When you see mold or suspect it exists in hidden places, address the issue immediately: deal with it yourself or call a professional to treat large areas affected with mold.

Don’t use bleach. Bleach kills live mold, but not the mold spores. In fact, if you clean mold with bleach and water, faster mold growth can occur. Use household detergent instead.

Don’t neglect your safety. Mold is very damaging to your health. When cleaning mold, wear gloves, dust mask and eye protection.

Do fix the source of the moisture. Since mold grows on wet or moist surfaces, it is important to first fix the water problems before cleaning. Identify and fix the leaks that produce moisture.

Do clean small areas. Once the moisture problem has been fixed, remove the mold from areas less than 10 square feet by scrubbing a mixture of household detergent and water on the surface.

Do dry the affected areas.  After cleaning the mold, dry the area in order to prevent mold growth from reoccurring. Use fans to speed up the drying process.

For areas larger than 10 square feet, contact PuroClean’s mold remediation experts, who will identify the moisture source and then rescue and restore the affected surfaces using state-of-the-art equipment, techniques and processes.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, so take action today to stop a mold problem before it occurs: follow our 10 Best Mold Prevention Tips From the Mold Removal Specialists.  

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