Mold Cleanup Guidelines
The tips and techniques presented in this section will help you clean up your mold problem. Professional cleaners or remediators may use methods not covered in this publication.
- Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage. It may not be possible to clean an item so that its original appearance is restored.
- Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely.
- If the water damage occurred due to sewage backup or floodwater, disinfect by spraying or wiping the area with a diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water).
- Taking precautions to avoid breathing the fumes, getting on skin or in eyes. Note: Do Not mix bleach with other cleaners!
- Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible.
- Dry all items completely.
- Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy.
- Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.
- Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold.
- Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces.; Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
- If you are unsure about how to clean an item, or if the item is expensive or of sentimental value, you may wish to consult a specialist. Specialists in furniture repair, restoration, painting, art restoration and conservation, carpet and rug cleaning, water damage, and fire or water restoration are commonly listed in phone books. Be sure to ask for and check references. Look for specialists who are affiliated with professional organizations.
If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.