How Do Professionals Remove Mold?
Mold is an allergen that can jeopardize your health. Call professionals immediately to ensure that you are not exposed to it if you notice mold. Mold usually grows in damp places like basements, but recent storms and flooding have put many homes at risk of having black mold on their home or business walls.
Mold remediation professionals have the tools and experience to remove mold safely. They will isolate the mold growth area, remove the contaminated material, and clean and disinfect the area. If you think you may have black mold in your home or business, do not try to do it yourself – contact a professional immediately. Trying to remove mold yourself can be dangerous to your health. Here are some tips you should take if you suspect you have black mold.
If the affected area is small, contain it by creating a barrier around the mold with plastic sheeting and duct tape. This will prevent spreading while the professionals remove and clean the area. Keep children and pets away from any affected areas. You should also wear a mask and protective clothing when in the area. If possible, hire professionals who will encapsulate the mold instead of removing it. Encapsulation involves covering black mold spores with a thick coating that keeps them from spreading into the air while you can and clean away the contaminated material.
If you plan on doing the cleanup yourself, make sure you have the proper safety gear and equipment. You will need a respirator, goggles, gloves, and clothing covering your entire body. You should also remove any items from the affected area that cannot be washed and disinfected. Wet down the area with water before beginning the cleanup to help reduce the number of mold spores in the air.
You can try several methods to remove mold from hard surfaces: * Scrub affected areas with soapy water using a small brush. Rinse the site and let it dry completely. It would help if you did not paint or caulk over any mold stains because this increases moisture in the area and encourages future growth of mold spores.
* Mix a bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. Pour the solution over the affected area and scrub it with a brush. Rinse well and let the surface dry completely before painting or caulking.
* Use a commercial product designed to remove mold, following the instructions on the package,
If you are cleaning up mold on carpeting, furniture, or other fabrics:
* Remove as much of the visible mold as possible.
* Mix a bleach solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. Pour the solution over the affected area and scrub it with a brush. Rinse well and let the surface dry completely before using the item.
* Mix a solution made from 1 cup of bleach and 3-4 gallons of water in a bucket. Soak any remaining wet carpets or fabrics with this solution, then wring them out and let them dry for several days.