Safe and thorough black mold removal is very important. People often ask us how to kill black mold and want to know if they can use household bleach or other basic household cleaners to do the job. Unfortunately, black mold removal is more complicated than that.
How to Kill Black Mold
While people sometimes use a variety of home remedies in an attempt to kill mold, like bleach, vinegar and tea tree oil, none of those has been proven effective at killing black mold. We recommend using a commercial biocide designed to kill mold, which you can purchase at many hardware and home improvement stores.
Before using the biocide, scrub the moldy surface with an ammonia-free soap and rinse well. Use the biocide according to the directions on the package. Do not use more than directed and do not mix with any other chemicals.
Safe Black Mold Removal
Black mold removal must be done carefully because otherwise, the process can actually spread mold to other areas of the home. In addition, the process of cleaning up black mold stirs up mold spores, which are easily inhaled. Exposure to, and inhalation of, black mold spores has been linked to numerous health problems, including respiratory disorders, allergic reactions, pneumonia, pulmonary hemorrhage, migraine headaches and depression. If you’re already experiencing symptoms of mold-related illness, we recommend you hire a professional that knows how to kill black mold safely so that you don’t experience any further exposure that could make your symptoms worse.
If you’re thinking of tackling the mold removal job yourself, here are some important safety guidelines to follow:
- Purchase an N-95 respirator mask at a hardware store or home improvement store and wear it the entire time you are working on mold removal. It’s important that you select an N-95 model; other types of masks may not filter out all black mold spores.
- Wear disposable latex or vinyl gloves.
- Wear a disposable hair cover and tuck any loose hair under the hair cover.
- Wear disposable shoe covers.
- Remove and dispose of all safety gear (gloves, shoe covers, hair covers) as soon as you’re finished cleaning up black mold.
- Remove all clothing and launder it immediately after cleaning up black mold. If you need to carry clothing through the home to the washing machine, put it inside a heavy plastic trash bag so mold spores on the clothing cannot be spread throughout the house.
- If soft or porous materials (carpet, upholstered furniture, insulation, drywall, etc.) are moldy, they will usually need to be removed and replaced. Seal them inside heavy plastic trash bags to carry them through the house.
- Use duct tape to tape sheets of plastic over heating and air conditioning vents in the room in which you are working to prevent mold spores from drifting into your ductwork.
Also cover all hi-hats.
- Close the doors to the room in which you are working, or cover doorways with large sheets of plastic, to prevent mold from drifting into other parts of the house while you are working.
- Keep children and pets away from your work area.
- Contact a professional if you are not sure how to kill black mold safely in a particular area of the home. Note that the Environmental Protection Agency recommends calling a professional if black mold covers a surface area greater than ten square feet, as well.
Why We Recommend a Free Consultation with a Black Mold Removal Professional
If you have black mold in your home, we recommend consulting with a professional, because:
- A professional will visit your home and assess the situation at no cost to you.
- A professional knows how to find hidden mold that you may have trouble finding yourself.
- A professional knows how to kill black mold safely and has all the necessary safety equipment.
- A professional can give you advice on how to do the job safely yourself, if you decide to go that route.
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