DIY Mold Cleanup

When mold is present in small quantities, it may be possible for you to clean it yourself. The area affected should be no less than 10 square feet and it should not have penetrated the floorboard. It is advisable that for any larger mold infestation that you contact a professional remediation company and let them deal with it.

The first step is to identify whether or not you actually have mold or if its just dirt. To test for mold or mildew, apply a small amount of household bleach to the affected area. Wait two minutes, and if it lightens, there is mildew present. Mildew is essentially surface mold, and if it is cleaned before becoming mold, it will not damage your structure.

Now that you have determined that you have mildew, the cleaning process begins. Make a 1-8 bleach to water solution. Make sure you wear gloves and wash your hands before and after cleaning. Properly ventilate the room while cleaning, then take steps to dehumidify the room after, as you may have problems with humidity. Scrub the affected area vigorously.

When you are finished with the bleach, rinse the area thoroughly. Now asses why you may have mildew in the first place. Perhaps there is a leak somewhere, or your AC is not properly circulating in the room. If mildew returns, or black spots start to appear near where you cleaned, it may mean that you have a persistent problem and at this time it would be advisable to contact a professional mold remediation company.

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