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DIY Tips for Removing Mold

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

A technician wearing protective equipment gear while putting debris in a plastic bag Mold remediation in Emerald Bay, CA

DIY Tips for Mold Remediation

A mold infestation in your Emerald Bay, CA home requires immediate removal. If you find mold, it could be just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the time mold cleaning is a fairly easy process if the problem is caught early. Here are some do-it-yourself tips for mold remediation:

1. Contain the Affected Area

During cleaning, resting mold spores will be disturbed and become airborne, traveling around your house if not contained. Block off the area as much as possible. Seal door gaps with plastic or tape for extra security. Cover vents and electrical outlets in the same fashion.

2. Wear the Proper Gear

Wear gear that can be thrown away after the process is completed. If it can’t be disposed of, make sure to wash everything in hot water. Coveralls, a face mask, eye protection and rubber gloves are recommended.

3. Keep the Air As Still As Possible

Mold cleaning can be a precarious process. You must be careful to keep the air as still as possible. Do NOT run the furnace, air conditioner, fans or open windows. Any air movement will only spread spores, making things worse.

4. Begin the Cleaning Process

Contrary to popular belief, bleach is NOT recommended for any porous surfaces such as wood or drywall. Bleach can exacerbate the mold problem in the long run by creating excessive moisture. Borax works much better for cleaning; it’s also safer and less harsh than bleach. Mix a cup of borax into one gallon of hot water. Then, scrub the surface with a brush or rag. Do NOT vacuum the area because the spores will be transferred out of the vacuum during future cleanings.

5. Dry All Surfaces

Make sure that all surfaces are dried thoroughly as quickly as possible so that mold doesn’t return. Dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioners and portable heaters are good for drying.
If you discover that your mold problem is out of your control or that there's extensive mold damage, you might consider hiring mold remediation experts to do a thorough mold cleaning. They’ll make sure that your home is returned to its pre-mold condition.

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