Safe mold clean up at home is simple with the right tools and precautions. Cleaning molded areas is only half the solution, the other half is to be sure the affected problems causing the mold are fixed first. This will ensure it does not return. Allergy suffers in particular know how important it is to keep mold spores out of the air, although they can be a health threat for anyone breathing them in. Learn more about an article explaining water damage.
Most mold found at home can be cleaned by you with some patience. Automatically contact a professional if it is caused by sewage or you believe it be in the HVAC system. Make sure they have experience with and are licensed to remove mold.
It can not be overstated that the areas affected by mold be corrected prior to cleaning, otherwise it will continue to come back. You can clean mold with mild detergent and water. Bleach is not recommended. Once cleaned be sure sure the surface is dry.
Carpets and ceiling tiles, some furniture and other porous items have to be cleaned by a professional as mold hides in the crevices. The same goes for items you are unsure of how to clean or have value. If this is do-it-yourself, it is generally recommended you throw it out.
You do not need much to clean mold. Gloves that cover the forearms, mild detergent, goggles, and a mask. The mask should have a filter for mold spores or it may have a nozzle on the front. The recommended mask is called an N-95 and can be found in your local hardware store. You need these items to keep from mold spores out of your lungs, eyes, and off your skin.
To keep mold out of your home you have to prevent moisture from accumulating and remaining on surfaces. If moisture lingers longer than 24-48 hours you are facing the potential for mold to grow. The gutters should be kept repaired and cleaned. Air conditioning drip pans must be kept cleaned and maintained. All appliances that increase moisture, like your dryer, must be ventilated. When showering use the exhaust fan. Be sure that water runs away from the foundation of your home.