Mold Clean-Up Tips To Help You With Home Mold Growth Problems
Mold growth in your home is not something you want to deal with lightly. Mold, especially black mold can be toxic to most people and can lead to health problems, especially if you have allergies to mold, a weakened immune system, or difficulty breathing or asthma. So if you find mold growth in your home, here are some tips to help you deal with and properly clean up your home interior from mold growth.
Clean the Area
When you first encounter mold growth on any surface in your home, you should immediately try to clean it from the surface. Depending on the type of surface and if it is porous will make a difference in your ability to properly remove it. For example, non porous surfaces, such as the walls, counter, vinyl or laminate flooring, and other painted surfaces, such as painted wood shelves, the mold will wipe from its surface. However, if mold is growing upon a porous surface, such as wood, carpeting, fabric, or unpainted drywall, the mold spores have usually grown into the pores of the surface and are not easily removed.
Use a bleach and water solution to wipe off the mold growth. You can also use borax or vinegar to remove the mold and kill the surface mold spores. If you are not sure if the surface you have cleaned is porous, after cleaning the mold off it will grow again if the mold has grown below the surface. In this situation, the best mold removal process would be to simply remove the materials or hiring professional mold remediation.
Test For Mold
After deciding you need to hire a professional mold remediation company, you can ask them to test for mold in your home and upon surfaces. If you have cleaned a surface of mold and are not sure if any spores remain behind, they can do a mold swab test. They can also test the air in your home or in a specific room for mold spores. Mold spores in the air indicate there is mold growth somewhere.
When your mold professional test for mold, the test can also tell them the type of mold you have growing, which will help them best treat to eliminate the mold growth. If you can remove the mold growth and save the home surface, you won't have to replace the surface. For example, your kitchen cabinets are porous surfaces and can hold in mold spores to regrow later on, but a professional mold remediation can remove the embedded mold spores and save your kitchen cabinets from needing to be replaced.