Cleaning Up Mold

Cleaning up mold is never a fun project, but it can be a manageable one with these tips for kicking it to the curb for good.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

It might be hard to imagine, but mold is a bigger nuisance than your kid brother was in his elementary school days. Mold packs a long list of cons, including its nasty black color, the damage it can cause to your home and its possibly toxic nature. In short: It's not fun.

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But when you do spot mold in your home — and it happens to nearly every homeowner — there are a few attack methods that can keep it from doing a number on an entire area.

Surface mold, commonly referred to as mildew, can easily be cleaned up with a store-bought cleaner and scrub brush. Even though these cleaners are fairly safe, keep your skin safe by wearing gloves and long sleeves to clean up mold. If the mold is infesting your bathroom spaces, then you may want to place fresh grout between the tiles after cleaning up the area.

If the infestation is rather large in nature, then the cleanup process becomes a bit more intensive. Be sure to protect yourself by wearing a mask, eye protection and gloves. Remove and discard any carpet that may have been affected. Treat the area with a biocide and disinfectant, like OxB biocide. Make any necessary repairs to the area and then allow it to completely dry. You may want speed up the process by using a fan.

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