to Get Rid of Mold
How to get rid of mold is what
entire site is dedicated to teaching you. If you are not careful with
your removal process you could end up with an exponentially larger
problem than what you started with and that's why there is plenty of
professional help out there.
Let's suppose you've already taken the first couple of steps -
identified where the mold source is located and eliminated the moisture
source. Now, how to get rid of mold depends on the size and location of
the clean up job. The United State Environmental Protection Agency
publishes some guidelines which have a helpful table for figuring out
what equipment you will need, what personal protection you will need,
and whether or not you should attempt this project on your own.
Let's assume this is a large job that is located in your bathroom.
Water has been leaking probably for years, from the bath tub and has
saturated the floor. In fact the mold is growing under the linoleum
covering the floor. Now you know why it smelled so funny. If you just
go in and begin pulling up the linoleum you will spread mold spores
throughout your entire home. You may even make yourself toxic.
For this example, you would need to build a plastic room around your
bathroom. You use good old duct tape and plastic sheeting and you build
a wall around the bathroom door. Your containment will have a double
flap for your entrance. You will also have a plastic ceiling and floor
all duct taped securely to the walls. You should also get yourself the
proper mask so that you don't end up breathing all the bad stuff.
Within your containment you will have all of your tools and supplies of
plastic bags. You will keep the bathroom door shut too. Now pull up the
linoleum and throw it into the plastic bags. Do not overfill them
either. Leave plenty of room to tie them securely. Once all the
linoleum is pulled up, you will need to take a moldicide (diluted
bleach) or a specific mold killer of your choice and clean the entire
floor. Those rags all get tied up in a plastic bag.
Next, you'll need to wipe down all surfaces in the bathroom with your
moldicide and discard those rags too. If your bathroom has a window,
you will have tried to keep it open as much as possible through all of
this. Also the window is where you pass the bags through to get them
out of the home. If you don't have a window, you will wipe down the
outside of each bag with your moldicide. You will place each bag in
another 'clean' bag. These clean bags should be kept inside a container
during the sanitation process. The double bagged debris will then be
ever so carefully removed to outside of the home. NOT in the attached
After all of that you will still have an extreme amount of mold spores
floating around so if possible vent them through the window. For
several days you will need to stay vigilent and clean up a few times
until you are fairly certain you have it all. Mold spores will never be
at zero but you're trying to decrease the count as much as possible.
After a few days of this go ahead and replace the floor. You may get
frequent outbreaks of mold spots for weeks afterwards, so just be
prepared and clean them up.
How to get rid of mold is an ongoing process. I actually have a secret
weapon that I describe in my eBook, that would continually destroy mold
spores automatically and would greatly improve the efficiency of your
DIY mold remediation. So if you think you want to make the process
easier you'll have to read up on it. Otherwise, go ahead and start
I do have other methods and scenarios that I discuss in the Top 10
Solution up and to the right. Also my most complete work is the eBook, "How to Get Rid of
Balck Mold" which is available by clicking the home
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