Black Mold Removal Options
If you have found black mold in your home, it is very important that you eradicate it as soon as possible. Mold causes illnesses and is very dangerous to keep inside your home.
Having a professional remove your mold may be beneficial because they might have more success in getting rid of all the mold. But the price is a major difference. You can do almost exactly the same thing they do for a fraction of the cost. Here is the most useful and most successful way to get rid of your black mold problem.
1. Remove the source of moisture. No treatment will work unless you get rid of the moisture that the mold grows on. Fix any leaks in that area or dehumidify the area.
2. Mask off the area. To prevent any spores from spreading while you’re cleaning the area, make sure to seal off that part of the house. It is best to use a plastic sheeting. Place the plastic sheeting along the walls and the floor next to the mold. You should also cover any openings: windows, doorways, and vents. This will help to lessen the amount of mold spores releasing into the air.
3. Use personal protective equipment. You must always protect yourself. Cover your mouth and nose with a dust mask and be sure to wear gloves. The mold can irritate your eyes so it would also be wise to wear goggles while removing the mold. When dealing with large amounts of black mold, use a breathing respirator with HEPA cartridges. This is recommended over the dust mask because it will better stop any spores from entering your respiratory system.
Also, be sure not to use a fan or a home vacuum. These devices produce unfiltered air and will spread the mold spores throughout your home. To help get rid of the allergens and toxins, rent a HEPA vacuum. This will greatly help in the removing of any stray mold spores.
4. Prepare the chemicals you plan on using. For surface mold, fill a bucket with bleach. Fill another bucket with any general cleaning solution. Use a biocide like Sporicide to kill mold in heavily populated amounts. After, pour these mixtures into separate spray bottles.
* Mix 8 ounces of bleach with 1 gallon of water.
* Fill a spray bottle with warm water.
5. Spray any visible mold with the bleach. Scrub the area with paper towels. Throw the used towels away and use a new one for another part of the affected area. This will help to prevent the spores from spreading from the towel back onto the surface. When done, dispose of the towels into a heavy duty garbage bag. Clean the area with diluted bleach. Let it sit for 15 minutes before wiping it off the surface.
6. After the surface has dried, vacuum the area with a HEPA vacuum. This will get rid of any loose mold spores. For best results, vacuum for one minute per each square foot of the affected area. Throw away the vacuum filters in a heavy duty garbage bag. Clean up the mess. Wash the clothes you wore while getting rid of the mold and flush any dirty water down the toilet.
7. Cover the affected area with borax. Mix a cup of borax with a gallon of hot water. Wait for the borax to dissolve, then transfer the mixture to a spray bottle. Apply it onto the affected area. After a couple minutes, scrub any mold off with a scrubbing brush. Do not rinse the borax off afterward. Let it stay on the treated area.
This is the most effective way to clean up any black mold problem you may have.
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