What are the warning signs and how to get rid of it

If not for mold we wouldn’t have penicillin, or great cheeses. However with more than 100,000 different kinds of mold on this planet, there is a good chance you may have mold growing somewhere in your home! What does it look and smell like and how can you get rid of it? Here we talk your thru the warning signs and the solutions that range from changing drywall when you have a water issue to avoid mold to getting a hold on mold before it gets the best of you.
Remember, seeing and smelling mold is a sign you have a problem, but you can’t always rely on your senses to locate it because mold can be hiding behind wall coverings or ceiling tiles. They love to live in areas where water has damaged building materials and furnishings from flooding or plumbing leaks.

Tips to clean your place of mold:

Large Areas:

1. Consider having a professional cleanup the area. To find a professional, check under “Fire and Water Damage Restoration” in your Yellow Pages. If you decide to clean up on your own, follow the guidance below.
2. Protect yourself by using goggles, gloves, and breathing protection while working in the area. For large consolidated areas of mold growth, you should use an OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) approved particle mask.
3. Seal off area from the rest of your home. Cover heat registers or ventilation ducts/grills. Open a window before you start to clean up.
4. Remove all your furnishings to a neutral area to be cleaned later. Follow cleaning directions below.
5. Bag all moldy materials, you will be discarding.
6. Scrub all affected hard surfaces: First with a mild detergent solution, such as laundry detergent and warm water. Then use a solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one quart of water. Wait 20 minutes and repeat. Wait another 20 minutes. Last, apply a borate-based detergent solution and do not rinse. This will help prevent mold from growing again. To find a borate-based detergent, read the ingredients listed on the package label for borates.
7. Give the entire area a good cleaning. Vacuum floors, and wash bedding and clothes if exposed.

Small Areas:

1. Protect yourself by using goggles, gloves, and breathing protection while working in the area. For small isolated areas of mold growth, a cotton dust mask should do.
2. Seal off area from the rest of your home. Cover heat registers or ventilation ducts/grills. Cover all your furniture. Open a window before you start clean up.
3. Bag all moldy materials, you will be discarding.
4. Scrub all affected hard surfaces: First with a mild detergent solution, such as laundry detergent and warm water. Then use a solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one quart of water. Wait 20 minutes and repeat. Wait another 20 minutes. Last, apply a borate-based detergent solution and do not rinse. This will help prevent mold from growing again. To find a borate-based detergent, read the ingredients listed on the package label for borates.
5. Give the entire area a good cleaning, vacuum floors, and wash bedding and clothes if exposed.

Clean all furnishings exposed to mold.

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