Mold Removal Techniques


If you’ve been researching mold removal techniques online, you’ve probably come across a lot of conflicting information. You’ve probably seen a lot of conflicting information about mold removal products, as well, including everything from costly chemical products to inexpensive things like white vinegar or chlorine bleach. Everyone wants to save money but at the same time, if you’ve got a mold problem in your home, you want to treat it effectively. We’ll tell you how.

Effective Mold Removal Techniques

Effective mold removal involves scrubbing all traces of mold off surfaces, then using effective mold removal products to kill any remaining traces of mold. However, mold cannot be effectively removed from some materials, such as carpeting, insulation and drywall; in those cases, the materials in question must be removed and replaced. Other mold removal techniques include sanding moldy wood until the mold has been removed and encapsulating the mold by painting it with a protective sealant. These techniques are sometimes needed and are effective if done correctly, but because they are not appropriate in all situations and are difficult to perform correctly and safely, we recommend leaving them to the professionals.

Safe Mold Removal Techniques

It’s important to follow the proper safety procedures when removing black mold or other toxic molds. Mold spores easily become airborne and drift to other locations of the home, where they being to grow. They are also easily inhaled and can cause significant health problems. To be safe, follow these steps when handling black mold:

  • Wear disposable gloves, disposable shoe covers and a disposable hair cover while removing black mold.
  • Wear an N-95 respirator mask, available at most hardware and home improvement stores, while removing the mold. Other types of face masks may not provide sufficient protection from mold spores.
  • Launder your clothing as soon as you are finished cleaning up mold.
  • Tape plastic sheets over the air duct vents in the room in which you are working in order to prevent mold spores from drifting into the air ducts. Also cover doors and hi-hats to totally isolate the work area.
  • If you have a respiratory disorder or have been experiencing symptoms you believe are related to exposure to mold, we recommend having someone else handle the clean up job for you so that you do not suffer further exposure.

The safe handling of mold removal products is also important, as some commercial biocides contain very powerful chemicals. To be safe:

  • Read the directions on the package label carefully before using the product.
  • Use the product exactly as directed. Do not use more than recommended.
  • Do not combine chemical biocides with any other chemicals. If you’ve cleaned the moldy area with any other chemical, rinse well before applying the biocide.
  • Wear gloves when handling the biocide and avoid contact with your skin and eyes.
  • Store unused biocide in its original container in a safe place out of the reach of children.

Mold Removal Products

Mold removal products are available at most hardware and home improvement stores. Look for a chemical biocide specifically designed to kill mold. People sometimes try a variety of home remedies or other products that are not specifically designed to kill mold, and while they may be effective against some forms of mold, they are not effective against all strains of mold and you cannot be sure you’ll get the results you’re looking for. Products we do not recommend for mold removal purposes include bleach, ammonia, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil. Invest in a good biocide instead.

Why We Encourage You to Have a Free Consultation with a Mold Removal Professional

A professional will:

  • Inspect your home and provide you with a detailed description of the work that needs to be done.
  • Know how to locate hard-to-find mold, and know how to clean up mold in those difficult spots.
  • Know the best mold removal techniques for all situations, and know how to do the job safely.
  • Be able to advise you about the best products to use if you decide to do the job yourself.

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